“While technology is important, it’s what we do with it that truly matters.”
“In 1990 my five year old son Leif Anderson went blind in one eye because a retinal detachment was detected too late for treatment. Although he was having regular eye exams, conventional tests were uncomfortable, especially for a small child. I sought to find a way to make retinal examinations easier. Leif, now a young man, has adjusted beautifully and we are thankful to, hopefully, help other families avoid vision loss.”
Douglas Anderson ~ Optos founder
In one panoramic image, the Daytona retinal imaging system captures more than 80% of the back of your eye (i.e., your retina). Traditional viewing methods such as dilation drops, although still an effective way to view the retina, only reveal a 10-12% view of your retina at a time, are done manually, and without any digital record. The Daytona causes no side effects such as light sensitivity or blurred vision, is painless and takes only seconds to do.
The Matrix VF determines the extent to which your peripheral vision (visual field) may be compromised due to glaucoma or other pathologies such as macular degeneration and diabetes. Testing with this piece of equipment is quick and easy and assists in the early detection of visual issues.
The Humphrey Visual Field Analyser (HVFA), is a tool for measuring central and peripheral vision. It provides information about the location of any disease or lesion(s) in the visual pathway causing vision loss. The HVFA allows the optometrist to look at and compare multiple tests over time in order to see if there is any progression in the amount of vision that a patient has lost in specific areas. The HVFA assists in the detection and diagnosis of diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)
The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive, contact free machine that allows your optometrist to see each distinctive layer of the retina. The OCT maps and measures each layer’s thickness, which assists in the diagnosis and treatment recommendations for retinal diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and the effects of diabetes. Furthermore, OCT scans can help diagnose glaucoma and other retinal diseases before any vision loss occurs.
Slit Lamp with Camera
The Slit Lamp with Camera is used in the documentation of very small details affecting the front structures of the eye (e.g., the cornea). Conditions that affect this part of the eye are usually very tiny in nature and can only be documented using a Slit Lamp with a camera attached to it. Using these two pieces of equipment together gives the optometrist multiple angels of view and various types of light to see the different affected areas. Being able to document these areas, allows the optometrist to monitor the progression and changes of the eye’s surface structures, which ultimately aids in diagnosis and treatment.
Visoffice/Optikam helps patients with their frame selection. Here, the patient is able to compare pictures of themselves wearing their favourite frame choices and choose which one they like best by comparing their pictures side by side. The Visioffice/Optikam helps by taking quick, accurate measurements with the touch of a finger. This technology also helps to personalize lenses to each specific patient by taking into account the shape, size, and fit of each frame selected; additionally, it measures for any lens solution, including single vision and progressives.
Rendia is an educating software that our optometrists use to educate, connect, and advise their patients about the various ocular diseases and scenarios that can happen to their vision and eye health. Rendia makes information easier to understand both inside and outside of the exam room by providing videos and diagrams that can be customized to each individual patient and emailed to their personal account to be viewed at home.
- MR. ORANGE
Mr. Orange is our edging system that we utilize in house to cut your lenses into the specific frame you chose. Mr. Orange customizes lenses to your specific measurements and frame style.
Solution Reach is a method of optimizing our patients’ experience with efficient and personalized contact solutions. We do this by choosing each patient’s personalized and preferred way of communicating with our office, whether that be by phone, text message, or email.
A pachymeter is a tool in our office that is used to measure corneal thickness. Pachymetry is usually done before refractive surgery and used in keratoconus screening. Our office’s main use of the pachymeter is to screen patients who are glaucoma suspects. Thin corneas put you at a higher risk of developing glaucoma and the pachymeter, along with other screening tests within our office can help diagnosed glaucoma before any significant vision loss occurs.
The Tonoref takes 3 main measurements that are used to tell the optometrist more about your eyes.
- Tonometry: The measurement of your eye pressure (i.e., intraocular pressure, IOP). High eye pressures are a risk for developing glaucoma. Tonometry is one of many tests used in our office’s glaucoma screening process.
- Auto Refraction: Calculates the estimated prescription a patient will need to optimize their vision. The Auto Refractor gives the clinic staff and optometrist insight into the amount of changes that have occurred in a patient’s prescription.
- Keratometry: Measures the curvature of the front surface of the eye called the cornea.
Often, when people say “eye doctor” or “optometrist” the first memory or scenario that comes to mind is the question, “which one to you like better, 1 or 2?” Here, the patient is remembering the scenario where the phoropter was placed in front of their eyes. The phoropter is a device that contains a variety of lenses, which the optometrist uses to create, check, and confirm each patient’s personalized prescription during their Vison and Eye Health Evaluation.