Eye Imaging and Photos
Our new camera allow us to photograph the anterior portion of the eye and the poster portion of the eye called the retina. This photograph is a great way to obtain and save a static image annually to ensure no changes in the retina have occurred from high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc. The photos are recommended by our doctors to be taken every year or every other year depending on your risk level to monitor changes or progression of diseases within the retina.
The above photo is Dry Macular Degeneration.
The above photo is of a Melanoma. This would not have been seen if the eyes were not dilated at the time of the exam. Eye cancers and retinal detachments are important reasons to get a dilated eye exam. Below is a retinal detachment.
Above is a static photo of a retina that has suffered damage from diabetic retinopathy. These changes have occurred because elevated blood sugar has compromised the vasculature supply and has caused it to break down and leak fluid and blood into the retina. Unfortunately, many of these diseases and changes in the retina do not present with any visual problems or complaints early on. It is only through a photograph or a dilated eye exam that the doctor will know that the patients blood sugar is unregulated and aggressive treatment from the primary care doctor is warranted immediately.
Above is a view of the anterior portion of the eye called the adnexa. Our anterior camera allows our doctors to monitor conditions affecting the cornea, cataract progression among others.
Visual Field Analyzer
The Visual Field Test measures the retinal function and sensitivity to light. It is a method of measuring an individual's entire scope of vision, that is their central and peripheral (side) vision. Visual field testing actually maps the visual fields of each eye individually. This test can be performed on patients of all ages. The visual field test is a subjective examination and can assist in important early detections of many disorders such as:
Glaucoma Diabetes Retinal Detachment Brain Tumors Aneurysms
Our Doctors strongly recommend this quick, yet accurate exam for all patients, especially those who have any of the following:
Headaches Flashes of Light or Floaters Family Hx of Diabetes or High Blood Pressure
Over the age of 35 Heart Problems High Glasses Prescriptions Unexplained vision changes
Some medications for the tx of autoimmune diseases, cancers, blood pressure, and heart conditions
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina. This test is similar to an ultrasound and allows our doctors to view the tissues and structures beneath the retina. This test is the gold standard for the detection, treatment, and management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, optic nerve pathology, diabetic eye disease among others.
For the first time, individual layers of retina tissue are able to be analyzed. We are now able to view specific portions of the retina and optic nerve for much earlier diagnosis of potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. This technology allows our doctors to catch these conditions decades in advance of previous methods so an affective treatment can begin to prevent vision loss.
Goldman Applanation Tonometry
GAT is currently considered to be the most accurate clinical method for measuring the intraocular pressure (IOP). This test is performed as a screening method for glaucoma. See glaucoma under the eye disease portion of the website above. This method indirectly measures the IOP by gauging how much force it takes to flatten the cornea over a fixed surface area. In many cases we perform this test in lieu of the dreaded "puff of air."
Autorefraction and Digital Phoropter
The autorefractor allows our Doctors to gain a measurement of the front part of the eye called the cornea. This measurement is important in determining the correct fit for contact lenses and also serves as a great screening test for a condition called Keratoconus. Find information on Keratoconus under the eye disease tab at the top of the page.
The digital phoropter at our Marrero office allows for a more refined accuarte glasses prescription.