Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art special diagnostic equipment to aid in the detection and treatment of many eye disorders.
HRT (Heidelberg Retinal Tomography)
The HRT is a state-of-the-art diagnostic device used in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. Specialized lasers in the HRT (safer than the lasers used in your television remote) scan layer-by-layer to form a 3-dimensional topographic map of the optic nerve and adjacent retina. Analysis of these images can show measurements different enough from normal to help in diagnosing glaucoma, in most cases years before symptoms become apparent to the patient. Since subtle changes in the optic nerve tissue can be the first sign of glaucoma and can precede visual field changes, the HRT may enable eye doctors to diagnose the disease earlier. A major advantage of the HRT is that by taking a series of measurements over time, it can detect small changes that may otherwise go undetected by traditional methods of examination.
The HRT can also be used to image the area of the retina that produces your central vision, the macula. This type of analysis can be extremely helpful in managing diabetic eye disease.
CANON DIGITAL RETINAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographing the retina is a highly specialized form of medical imaging that cannot be done with an ordinary camera. Our customized digital camera is mounted to a microscope with intricate lenses and mirrors that allow us to visualize the back of the eye by focusing light through the cornea, pupil and lens of the eye. The photographs taken with this equipment are used to document the health of the optic nerve, vitreous, macula, retina, and its blood vessels. Eye doctors can use these photos for documentation, comparison, and sometimes to diagnose certain eye conditions. Photographs can be viewed digitally in each exam room to enable the doctor to interactively review the findings with each patient.
Routine or screening retinal photographs are offered to each patient not only as a way to share a snapshot of your eye with you, but also to document a baseline or any abnormal findings. Our camera also has the ability to document abnormalities on the front part of the eye such as the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea or iris.