As part of our commitment to give you the best eye care we have a Digital Retinal Camera. Retinal photography is a sophisticated process that takes a picture of the back of your eye. The process is completely painless, quick and is carried out on all our patients as part of the routine exam.
OCT-3D eye scans
We also have a special state of the art 3D OCT eye scanner which uses a low powered light to scan the back of your eye. During your normal eye examination or retinal photographs, your optometrist can only see the top layer of your retina. The 3D OCT scan allows viewing of the deeper layers of retinal tissues. It is in these deeper layers that the signs of macula degeneration, diabetes, macula holes etc. can be first seen. The 3D OCT scan allows for early detection and therefore earlier treatment of these conditions (where appropriate). This 3D OCT scan is appropriate at any age if recommended by your optometrist.
By measuring the thickness of the nerve fibre layers, the OCT scan allows us to see the damaging effects of glaucoma much sooner than standard glaucoma checks including visual fields and pressure checks. It is also very helpful in monitoring glaucoma if you have been diagnosed with the disease.
Glaucoma is a manageable condition, so early diagnosis is essential to help save your sight. We recommend this test for all of our patients over 40. You do not have to have any family history of eye problems to suffer from glaucoma. Glaucoma does not hurt or affect your vision in the early stages so don’t assume just because your eyes feel ok that they are ok.
The inside of your eyes not only tells us about your vision. It can highlight other health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. Some tumours can even be detected through a simple but thorough eye exam.
A permanent photographic record
The digital photo gives a permanent record which can be compared with other pictures taken on previous visits. This makes it much easier to detect small changes or health problems at an early stage. A picture is a far more detailed record than could ever be described in written words.