At Northwest Hills Eye Care we provide computerized eye examinations and comprehensive eye health evaluations with the latest technology available.
Your eye exam will include assessments of:
- Depth perception
- Intraocular pressures
- Color Vision
- Pupillary responses
- Eye Muscle Function
- Computer Vision Syndrome
- Dry Eye Syndrome
- Glare Evaluation
- Automated Peripheral Visual Field Testing
MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WILL EVALUATE YOUR EYE HEALTH!
Evaluations for eye health disorders are also performed. The American Optometric Association recommends that all people should have a periodic, comprehensive eye examination every one to two years depending on ones particular needs.
Here at our office we incorporate computerized technology to assist the evaluation of spectacle prescriptions, peripheral vision, intraocular pressure, and eye health. Computerized examination instruments are used to supplement rather than replace personalized care.
OPTOMAP RETINAL EXAM
Many eye problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes or tears, retinal detachments can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. Other health problems such as signs of diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. You simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you. A permanent record of the scan is kept in your file and it allow us to monitor for changes each year.
OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a newer form of imaging technology that can produce highly detailed images of the retina. This technology allows us to see below the surface of the eye all of the 10 layers of the retina, much like an ultrasound machine would.
This 3D image of the retina allows us to be able to see signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, retinal holes or tears and optic nerve disease on a cellular level before they may even cause any vision loss. The OCT never touches the eye, so there is no discomfort and it only takes minutes to obtain a scan.
ELECTRORETINOGRAM/ VISUALLY EVOKED POTENTIAL
An electroretinogram (ERG) measures the electrical activity in the retina which is the light sensitive lining in the back of the eye, or like the film in a camera. The ERG is used to tell how well the cells in the retina are working if there is suspicion of disease in the retina.
A visually evoked potential (VEP) is used to measure the electrical activity of the visual system from the eye to the brain. It is similar to an EKG that will measure the activity of the heart. By analyzing the electrical signals, we can tell how well the visual system is working (that is, how the eyes and the brain are working together). It is a way of telling if the vision messages are getting to the brain properly.
Both of these tests are painless, but do require that sensors are place on the head with some paste in order to receive the signals. The paste is cleaned before you leave!