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Advanced Technology

When you go to visit your eye doctor, you want to know that the optometry office has the most up to date and advanced technology to diagnose eye disease, and screen for vision problems. At Eye Pieces we use the most advanced technology in all of our eye exams and provide the best and most advanced treatment in reversing the damage done by all-too-common conditions.

 

. Read about the different technologies we use during your complete eye exam.

Icare® Tonometer

Icare® tonometer for quick, easy and painless eye pressure measurement during an eye exam by optometrists and opticians. No anesthesia or air.

The Icare® tonometer is based on a proven accurate measuring principle, in which a very light probe is used to make momentary and gentle contact with the cornea. During an eye exam the measurement is barely noticed by the patient and often does not even cause corneal reflex. The device not only makes IOP measuring a more pleasant experience on all patients, it is also an important break-through for succeeding with non-compliant patients (i.e. children and dementia patients).

The easy usage and dynamic patient flow obtained by the Icare® tonometer make it a very important instrument for general practitioners, optometrists, occupational health care, pharmacies and other medical personnel.

Requiring no drops, nor specialized skills for its use the quick and painless Icare® tonometer makes IOP measuring easy and has an important role in glaucoma screening programs of masses.

Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans

Advanced Technology for eye examsEye Pieces Plano uses cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.

This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.

The advantages of digital imaging include:

  • Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
  • Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
  • Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
  • Image resolution is extremely high quality
  • Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
  • No patient prep required

*Digital Retinal Imaging

Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.

*Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.

A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.

With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.

An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.

Visual Field Testing

A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does not involve eye drops but does involve the patient’s ability to understand and follow instructions.clipart 040

An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead. Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any deficiencies.

Icare Tonometer

Icare tonometer for quick, easy and painless eye pressure measurement by Ophthalmologies, Optometrists, Opticians, General Practitioners & Pharmacies – without anesthesia or air.
The Icare tonometer is based on a proven accurate measuring principle, in which a very light probe is used to make momentary and gentle contact with the cornea. The measurement is barely noticed by the patient and often does not even cause corneal reflex. The device not only makes IOP measuring a more pleasant experience on all patients, it is also an important break-through for succeeding with non-compliant patients (i.e. children and dementia patients).
The easy usage and dynamic patient flow obtained by the Icare® tonometer make it a very important instrument for general practitioners, optometrists, occupational health care, pharmacies and other medical personnel.
Requiring no drops, nor specialized skills for its use the quick and painless Icare® tonometer makes IOP measuring easy and has an important role in glaucoma screening programs of masses.

Autorefractor

Tired of going through the classic line of questioning at the eye doctor: “Which lens is better? This one, or this one?” Never quite sure you chose the right one? What if we told you that you’ll never have to go through that endless interrogation again? Welcome to the next generation eye exam, with auto-refractor technology!
autorefractorThe auto-refractor is a digital refractor that works much the same way as the old fashioned phoropter. The big difference is that, instead of the doctor manually clicking through, asking you to decide for yourself which lens is best (which is especially hard when the lenses are very nearly the same!), the auto-phoropter is controlled electronically and measurements are done digitally. This not only shortens the amount of time it takes to decide which lenses will provide you your best vision correction (super helpful when trying to get your little one to stop squirming and co-operate with the process!), but also ultimately results in a more accurate eyeglasses or contact lens prescription.
Quick, comfortable, accurate and convenient is the name of the game with the auto-refractor. We have it here, so why go anywhere else?

Retinal Camera

kowa fx 50c 01a 300x279 300x279The Retina Camera is a high resolution retinal camera that captures images of the back of your eyes. We use the instrument to photo-document conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases, glaucoma and other optic nerve disorders.

Specular Microscopy

Specular Microscopy is used to monitor the number, density, and quality of endothelial cells that line the inner layer of the cornea. A microscope magnifies the endothelial cells thousands of times and the image is captured with a camera or video camera. The number of cells within one square millimeter are counted and recorded. A complete corneal exam should include endothelial cell evaluation. The Konan Specular Microscope captures an image of the actual cells in the endothelium. These cells cannot be seen any other way. The endothelial maintain the clarity of the cornea. Any changes in the typically uniform mosaic of the endothelial layer can be indicative of corneal degeneration. The endothelium can only be evaluated and quantified with a very specialized instrument such as the Konan Specular Microscope. A young person with a healthy cornea has approximately 3,500 cells in each square millimeter. Aging causes the cells to gradually decrease over time. By age 60, most people have approximately 2,500 cells per square millimeter.

Anterior Segment Camera

The anterior segment camera is an optometric device that is used to examine the front surface and anterior portion of the eye helps to detect and track the progression of external diseases of the eyelids, blepharitis, styes, corneal diseases, conjunctival diseases and cataracts.
womanandmicroscopeIt is a very important tool for documenting diseases of the eye as a baseline to watch for progression or changes associated with the conjuctiva, chronic lid conditions or other conditions of the conjuctiva and cornea such as pterygiums. It is also helpful when fitting specialty contact lenses, scleral lenses, gas permeable and hybrid lenses for the treatment of various corneal diseases such as kerataconus.
Dr. Gonzalez recommends that the anterior segment camera be used for patients that need to see what is going on with conditions such as blepharitis, when lid hygiene is important, in order to demonstrate to the patient how lid hygiene and lid scrubs will help the condition. This is also true with conditions such as nevi and pterygiums, which often need to be monitored for progress, making a baseline photo a valuable tool.