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 Premier Vision Clinic.
Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye. Since the cornea is normally responsible for some 70% of the eye’s refractive power, its topography is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision.
The three-dimensional map is therefore a valuable aid to the examining ophthalmologist or optometrist and can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK and evaluation of its results; or in assessing the fit of contact lenses. A development of keratoscopy, corneal topography extends the measurement range from the four points a few millimeters apart that is offered by keratometry to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.
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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 our Clive 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.
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.
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 eye exam at Premier Vision Clinic today!
Zeiss Clarus 500
Color. Clarity. Comfort.
The advent of widefield retinal imaging has shown us that indications of disease are often located in the far periphery of the retina. CLARUS TM 500 is the next generation fundus imaging system from ZEISS that provides true color and high-resolution across an entire ultra-widefield image.
See how you can reveal more with CLARUS 500, the newest retinal camera from ZEISS.
Zeiss Cirrus HD OCT
The Cirrus HD-OCT is a non-contact, high resolution tomographic and a biomicroscopic imaging device. It is indicated for in-vivo viewing, axial cross-sectional, and three-dimensional imaging and measurement of anterior and posterior ocular structures, including cornea, retina, retinal nerve fiber layer, ganglion cell plus inner plexiform layer, macula, and optic nerve head. The Cirrus HD-OCT is intended for use as a diagnostic device to aid in the detection and management of ocular diseases including, but not limited to, macular holes, cystoid macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
The new Cirrus HD-OCT 5000 system features a modernized system based on a fast Windows 7 computer with much more faster processing and OCT camera system, a larger viewing monitor and a wireless mouse and keyboard. The Cirrus 5000 includes increased speed, more comfort, and a more reliability than any previous model. The Cirrus HD-OCT is a non-contact, high resolution tomographic and a biomicroscopic imaging device.
It is indicated for in-vivo viewing, axial cross-sectional, and three-dimensional imaging and measurement of anterior and posterior ocular structures, including cornea, retina, retinal nerve fiber layer, ganglion cell plus inner plexiform layer, macula, and optic nerve head. The Cirrus HD-OCT is intended for use as a diagnostic device to aid in the detection and management of ocular diseases including, but not limited to, macular holes, cystoid macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The new Cirrus 5000 system features a modernized system based on a fast Windows 7 computer with much more faster processing and OCT camera system, a larger viewing monitor and a wireless mouse and keyboard. The Cirrus 5000 includes increased speed, more comfort, and a more reliability than any previous model.
OCULUS Keratograph 5M
The OCULUS Keratograph 5M is a technologically advanced corneal topographer. The Keratograph 5M, with its built-in keratometer and color camera, is able to produce a detailed, live video image of the contours of your eyes. This cutting-edge piece of technology is particularly useful to you and your doctor in detecting and evaluating dry eye symptoms, as the Keratograph 5M can examine the meibomian glands, non-invasive tear film break-up time, the tear meniscus height measurement and your eye’s lipid layer, all factors in dry eye syndrome. The Keratograph 5M can show you images of your eyes that you’ve never seen before, and Mountain View Eye Specialists is one of the few practices in the Fort Collins community with this technology.
Phoroptor VRx Digital Refraction System
Phoroptor VRx Digital Refraction System easily allows optometrists to rapidly perform all of the functions of a manual Phoroptor, and so much more, while comfortably seated next to their patients.
Phoroptor VRx sets new standards in digital refraction. With the thinnest, most compact design available, incredibly fast lens exchanges, motorized prisms, split cylinder lenses, and ultra-quiet operation, Phoroptor VRx offers an outstanding patient experience.
The touchscreen display and ergonomic keypad features a multi-function control knob with unmatched feel and versatility. The intuitive interface has all the pre-programmed and programmable tests you’ll need for an exceptional user experience.
Phoroptor VRx connects to EMR systems as well as numerous models of pre-test and acuity devices from both Reichert and non-Reichert brands, for effortless integration.
MiBo Thermoflow Treatment
With over 30 million people suffering from chronic dry eye, now there is the MiBo Thermoflo which will provide you with an affordable and comfortable solution to improve your suffering.
MiBo ThermoFlo delivers consistent emissive heat to the meibomian glandular apparatus. Inspissated lipid secretions are softened and mobilized through a gentle ocular message. Liberated surfactants and improved lipid secretions create an enhanced tearfilm. Improved corneal wetting reduces or eliminates the signs and symptoms of ocular surface disease. Evaporative dry eye is the leading cause of dry eye. Improving meibomian gland function is the mainstay of modern therapy. MiBo is a new treatment modality designed to addressed obstructed meibomian glands and foster superior lipid health and function. MiBo is comfortable, effective, convenient, and affordable.
Lid scrubs – LidPro
Treating Anterior blepharitis, the LidPro is the perfect tool to help.
Its ergonomic design allows for comfort when treating both upper and lower eyelids. Using silicone disposable textured cleaning discs with fast spinning action will effectively exfoliate the eyelid margin with only a few passes.
Less friction being needed in cleaning results in less irritation and more comfort for the patient.
An extra strength cleanser with tea tree oil that effectively relieves irritation by removing oil, debris pollen and other contaminants from eyelashes, eyelids and the face.
Punctal plugs are biocompatible devices that are inserted into a patient’s tear ducts and block any liquid from draining out. The increased moisture in the eye combats the symptoms of dry eye. Punctal plugs are tiny and unnoticeable after the first slight initial discomfort. There are two types: semi-permanent and dissolvable. Semi-permanent plugs are made of silicone, a longer lasting material, and dissolvable plugs are made of collagen. Dissolvable plugs are normally used after an eye surgery, like LASIK, to prevent dry eye. One may use dissolvable plugs to see if they work well for them, and then move onto semi-permanent plugs.
Sometimes a doctor will use an anesthetic to insert the plug, but sometimes it is unnecessary.