At Complete EyeCare Optometry we provide a great range of modern technologies to best examine your eyes for eye disease, binocular vision problems, and refractive problems (for glasses and/or contact lenses).
The equipment used by our front staff in our pre-testing room is computerized and does the following:
- The NCT measures the intraocular pressure (IOP) which is a screening test for glaucoma among other things.
- The autorefractor measures the curvature of your corneas (important in fitting contact lenses and sometimes in diagnosing corneal disease).
- The autorefractor also estimates your refractive error (an objective estimation of what your eyeglass prescription may be). Your doctor of optometry requires other refractive testing (both objective and subjective) before a final prescription can be written.
- Our Optos Daytona instrument is cutting edge technology. For those patients who choose our technologically enhanced eye exam, the Daytona scans the back of the eye to produce an optomap which can show the doctor in one image up to 80% of your retina. This helps the doctors find and diagnose eye disease earlier for better treatment. In the exam room the doctor will review your optomaps with you in order to help guide your eye health examination and to educate you on any eye health issues that may arise. Our doctors advise this enhanced exam for all patients age 5 and up.
In the doctor’s examination room, he or she utilizes a variety of specialized equipment. The phoroptor is an instrument that greatly aids in the determination of your spectacle prescription. The microscope (slit-lamp biomicroscope) is used to assess how healthy your eyes are (both inside and out) and to assess contact lens fits. There are also hand held and headset instruments which allow for thorough evaluation of the back of the eyes (retina). Dilation with eye drops is often required. The optomap images are also very helpful for the doctor to detect eye disease and show you what’s wrong. Binocular vision and eye coordination is also tested during the exam.
Additionally, there are other tests/procedures the doctor may recommend after the eye exam. These include visual field testing, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and pachymetry.
Visual field testing is an automated, computerized instrument that tests the sensitivity of various points in your peripheral vision. This is useful when looking for glaucoma, pituitary tumors, visual field loss from strokes and many other situations.
OCT is a tool to aid in the diagnosis and management of retinal disease (such as age related macular degeneration, cystoid macular edema, macular holes) and glaucoma. It uses light to scan the retina and optic disc to give a cross-sectional (that is to say three dimensional) image of those regions.” It allows more accurate and faster diagnosis of these conditions which ultimately means better care for the patient.
Because it is a very specific test, it is unlike the Optos, which is used more for screening purposes. It is not used for peripheral retinal problems such as retinal detachments. Your doctors of Optometry will choose those patients for whom OCT is recommended.
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Pachymetry is used to measure the thickness of your cornea. This allows calibration of the intraocular pressure. Your doctor will decide when this test is appropriate.
As technology improves, our ability to detect and monitor eye disease/conditions is enhanced. At Complete EyeCare Optometry we are committed to providing you (our patients) the benefit of new technologies in eye care. We pride ourselves in not only being thorough but also providing you with all the information and explanations needed to fully understand your eyes and eye conditions.