Here is some of the technology that we use at Northwest Ohio Vision Center.
Cirrus OCT reveals the retinal layers in high-resolution, cross-sectional views, offering the most advanced insight for diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of retinal disorders. Now we can view and accurately measure structural changes to the retina and optic nerve, especially with the following eye conditions:
Digital Fundus Photography consists of a digital camera system that takes a photograph of your retina. Diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina.
The Humphrey visual field is a diagnostic device used to test a patient’s complete “visual field,” which includes the peripheral vision. It is a simple, painless, out-patient procedure and takes only minutes. This test is invaluable in diagnosing, and monitoring the treating patients with glaucoma, where peripheral vision irreversibly lost without symptoms until later stages.
Scanning laser polarimetry is the use of polarised light to measure the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer as part of a glaucoma workup. The GDX is an incredibly effective tool for diagnosing glaucoma.
Macular pigment plays an important role in protecting the cones in the back of the eye that are responsible for your central vision. The macula can “thin” over time due to age, but other factors like family history, and lifestyle choices may contribute to lower Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD), a key risk factor for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Autorefractors are machines that automatically determine the correct lens prescription for your eyes. If you’ve discovered you might need vision correction during your eye examination, it’s vital to determine just how “much” your eyes need to be corrected with lenses or contact lenses. This is called measuring your “refraction.” Autorefractors automatically measure this value during an eye examination.
A pachymeter is a medical device used to measure the thickness of the eye’s cornea. It is used to perform corneal pachymetry prior to LASIK surgery, for Keratoconus screening, LRI surgery, and is useful in screening for patients suspected of developing glaucoma among other uses.