At theOPTICAL. our priority is ensuring you get the best optical care. This means giving you access to the latest technology for diagnosing and monitoring eye conditions. As part of your regular eye test, we will perform an digital retinal scan and will monitor any changes to this party of your eye during subsequent consultations. We also perform eye pressure testing to monitor for glaucoma. Additional testing is available for a more in depth look at the retina utilising the OCT. Additionally, we can assess and monitor dry eye conditions as well as corneal irregularities via a series of diagnostic tests with the Occulus Keratograph.
One of the main uses of the keratograph is to map the curvature of the cornea (the front surface of the eye). This is important for screening and diagnosing corneal diseases and dystrophies, detecting the presence and type of corneal astigmatism, assessing the effects of corneal and ocular surface disorders (such as pterygium) and to ensure accuracy in contact lens fittings.
At theOPTICAL, we also make use of the many diagnostic functions of the keratograph in understanding and treating dry eye syndrome. Using the keratograph, we can perform a dry eye analysis using a sequence of scans. Immediate results from the analysis means that the exact type of dry eye can be specified and a treatment plan can be tailored to individual patients during the appointment.
The Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT) is a non-invasive ultrasound scanner that takes cross-section images of the retina. Being able to see the layers of the retina means more accurate diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as macular degeneration, macula holes, macula swelling, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, posterior vitreous detachment and more. Furthermore, it can track progression of conditions and track any changes that may occur at the back of the eyes. An OCT scan only takes minutes and does not cause any discomfort as it doesn’t touch the eye.
Digital Retinal Photography
A high-resolution digital photograph can be taken of the back of the eye so that the health of the optic nerve, macula, retinal blood vessels and central retina can be assessed. Specifically, it can highlight any macula degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes or detachments, inherited retinal conditions and much more. Systemic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high intracranial pressure, impending stroke, and even some tumours can be detected. Furthermore, the benefits of having a documented retinal photo means that direct comparisons can be made between photos to track any changes to the back of the eye.