We invest in new technology that is proven to provide better information and treatment options. We recognize that new technology changes the options available to our patients and want to ensure that we always provide our clients with the very best in optical technology.
Our investment in specific equipment and processes, such as the Optomap® Retinal Exam and Octopus Visual Field Analyzer, enables us to come to faster, more accurate conclusions about your eye health.
Because we are able to come to better conclusions about your eye health in less time, we can more rapidly make recommendations and help you keep your eye health in tip-top shape. We can do this in fewer appointments and tests, meaning you get more for less.
We have spent a long time listening to the feedback of our patients and have made our technology choices around that. We continue to do this ongoing to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible care for our patients.
We want you to feel completely comfortable with the equipment that we utilize during our visits. If you ever have any questions or concerns we invite you to bring those to us – it is our pleasure to provide you the information and context you need.
Spectral Domain Ocular Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT)
We are proud to be the only optometry practice on the North Shore with this cutting edge technology. The OCT allows us to take extremely detailed 3D images of your retina and its cellular layers to look for damage. It’s like an MRI of the eye but using light and no radiation. With this instrument we are able to detect signs of glaucoma and macular degeneration sometimes up to 10 years earlier. The OCT gives us a more detailed view of the retina and optic nerve than traditional instruments.
Optomap Retinal Exam
We are the only Eye Care Practice on the North Shore to have this instrument. The Optomap® Retinal Exam is used by your Eye Doctor to get an ultra-widefield view of the retina (the back of the eye). Our eye exams include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, but a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy. This can lead to early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer. The exam is quick, painless, and may not require dilation drops. Video Imaging System for Anterior Segment this device takes video and still images of the front surface of the eye through our biomicroscope giving us the ability to compare changes over time important for detecting cataracts, contact lens wear problems, corneal abrasions and infections.
Canon Digital Retinal Camera
Optometrists have always looked at the back of your eye, the retina, to ensure that your eye is healthy inside as well as outside. With this technology we can take an incredibly accurate digital image to keep on record. Not only does this allow any concerns to be shared with other health care professionals, but it also supports early diagnosis of ocular conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. It also allows us to obtain a 3D image of your optic nerve head which is important for detecting subtle changes due to glaucoma.
Octopus Visual Field Analyser
The term “Visual Field” describes the range of peripheral vision that a person has. Normally, the eye uses peripheral vision to assess the world around us. Unfortunately, we can lose some function in our peripheral vision (often related to diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration) that is irreversible and may not be noticed until it is quite severe. With this instrument, we can test your range and quality of peripheral vision to identify issues early and protect the vision you have.
You may be familiar with the traditional phoropter, the instrument that is placed in front of your eyes to help the Optometrist select the correct prescription through a series of tests. With this automated version, once your prescription is determined by our Optometrists, we can instantly show you the comparison with your unaided eye, your current eyewear and the new prescription.
Before your Optometrist identifies the best prescription for you, we use a computerized system to get a starting point. This makes the process more efficient, but it is important that an Optometrist fine tunes this automated result into a wearable prescription that will work for you.
iCare Tanometer – No more puff of air! This instrument helps us test the pressure in the eye without touching it. We test this pressure to determine whether you are at a risk for glaucoma, often associated with elevated pressures in the eye. It is a very important part of an eye exam since abnormal pressure results are often symptom free but can damage the eye if left untreated.
1 in 7 patients presenting for an eye exam have an asymptomatic eye disease, meaning they have no symptoms and would not have discovered the disease without getting an eye exam*