We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Here are some of the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.
PlusOptix Pediatric Autorefractor
The latest technology to assess infant and toddler vision!
Our office is equipped with the PlusOptix pediatric autorefracting system which allows us to more accurately examine the vision and refractive state of infants and toddlers. This new technology is available immediately and is being used as part of the comprehensive eye examination on your child – fully OHIP covered with a valid Ontario Health Card!
To find out more about this exciting technology, book an appointment for your child! The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends early eye examinations for children starting at 6 months of age, then at 2 1/2 years, and then yearly while the child is school-aged.
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
We use 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.
OCT Optical Coherence Tomographer
Allows the doctor to view parts of your eye in extremely high levels of magnification with 3-D capability. This instrument has become the newest standard of testing for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and several other eye conditions.
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.
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.
Humphrey Field Analyzer
Evaluates, in detail, your peripheral vision up to 60 degress in all directions. This instrument is considered the “gold standard” in glaucoma peripheral vision testing.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable 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.
Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!
For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website .
Humphrey FDT Perimeter
Evaluates 20 degrees of your peripheral vision in approximately 30 seconds per eye.
Uses a gentle puff of air to measure your intraocular pressure (IOP). The IOP is known to be a significant risk factor for glaucoma.
This handheld instrument uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of your cornea. This measurement has been found to be an indicator of glaucoma and is also important in determining candidacy for corrective laser eye surgery.
Estimates your refractive status (what is needed in spectacles to improve your vision).
Measures the curvature (or the shape) of the front surface of your cornea. This measurement is of utmost importance when fitting all types of contact lenses.
Optomap Digital Wide-field Ophthalmoscope
Uses two LASERs (one green light and one red light) to give a panoramic image of your retina. This instrument assists in the documentation of your retinal appearance and helps the doctor to diagnose various retinal eye diseases.
Sensors in this instrument allow us to measure the spectacle prescription of your present glasses.
Essilor Kappa C.T. Edging System
This set of instruments precisely traces the shape of your frame and then sends the information to an instrument that cuts, shapes and smoothes the lenses to fit accurately into the frame that you have chosen.