We know that the "eye puff test" is annoying (or you may pick some other words to call it!). That's why we have an Icare Tonometer, providing us the same information, but with a lot less stress and "jumping!"
Similarly, our other equipment is state-of-the-art as well. Your first exam with us includes FREE retinal photos with our retinal camera, providing baseline imagery (as well as potentially catching other health concerns). We have a camera on the slit lamp as well, making it possible to photograph any areas of concern during your comprehensive examination. We sometimes like to use this feature for show and teach you about any points of interest for your eyes. In human eyes, there's a lot of "variations of normal," meaning some things may be different in different people's eyes however it may not be problematic. Sometimes these are important to take note of though, because they can be useful for tracking changes over time that may actually impact your health.
To supplement the photos, we also offer imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). OCT is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument that is used to image the retina. It is becoming utilized more and more frequently to detect problems in the eye before you would experience any symptoms. The OCT allows optometrists to see a cross section and/or a 3D image of the retina, leading to early detection of a variety of eye diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. These three eye problems are the top three eye diseases known to cause blindness, so it is important to catch them early! In addition, the OCT can be used with anterior segment lens attachments to allow me to view the front part of the eye in more detail, as well as to assist me in fitting scleral contact lenses. Scleral contact lenses are used for patients who are unable to wear the soft contact lenses you’re probably familiar with as well as the more traditional rigid gas-permeable lenses (RGPs) due to conditions like severe dry eye or keratoconus, a degenerative condition of the cornea.
We use a digital visual acuity system (eye chart), which beyond just looking cooler, it allows us a lot of flexibility to change the chart for various situations. We can even put movies on there for kids (or kids at heart I suppose!) to help them focus in the distance.
If you require specialty or medically-necessary contact lenses, we've got you covered for that as well! You saw the OCT mentioned above, plus we have several other pieces of equipment that we will use to handle these sometimes more-complicated lens-fits!
The fun techy stuff doesn't stop with the exam. We also have a system in our optical for digitally measuring everything needed for ordering your lenses, allowing for very precise calibration, especially on tricky progressive (no-line) bi-focal lenses! Plus, we have free Keurig coffee brewing and a phone charging station available—who said all of our fun technology had to be eye-related?!
All of your records are stored securely and electronically, reducing our carbon footprint, and we have a convenient online login system should you need access to your information. It also allows for easy tracking of things like the photos we were mentioning earlier.