Eye Exam Technology
Drs. Kline, Boyd and Chivers are committed to bringing the latest technology to our area for early detection of eye disease- the most important aspect in preventing vision loss.
We proudly keep up-to-date with the latest advances in technology. This requires a significant amount of time in continuing education and a substantial capital investment, but we feel that the significant benefits to our patients are well worth it.
Some of the current technologies our office uses are:
TRS Automatic Refractors:
The Marco TRS-1500 is the most innovative refraction technology allowing the doctor to control the refraction process through a keypad. The TRS enhances the patient experience through a faster, more modern exam. The TRS-5100 generates extremely accurate and reliable refractions, minimizes staff variables, and eliminates transcription errors, while smoothly integrating with electronic medical records.
Our Topcon 3D OCT (optical coherence tomography) is the latest, most advanced technology to view and analyze the retina. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves. More advanced than retinal photography (which can only view the surface of the retina) the OCT enables us to view the individual layers of the retina. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick.
The scan the OCT provides is so detailed that it can pick up the very earliest signs of glaucoma - damage to the microscopic nerve fibers in the back of your eye. This makes it possible to pick up glaucoma before it affects your sight, and indeed before it is detectable using more traditional techniques. This makes OCT the definitive screening tool currently available for this condition.
The OCT provides us with highly useful information about several areas of your eye and retina. For example, it is capable of detecting small areas of swelling that can occur at the back of your eye in macular degeneration, as well as small retinal holes, tears or cysts that may be present and not visible with traditional techniques.
Visual Field Analyzer:
A visual field test is a method of measuring an individual's central and peripheral (side) vision. Visual field testing actually maps the visual fields of each eye individually.
Visual field testing is most frequently used to detect any signs of glaucoma damage to the optic nerve. In addition, visual field tests are useful for detection of central or peripheral retinal disease, eyelid conditions such as ptosis or drooping, optic nerve disease, and diseases affecting the visual pathways within the brain. The visual pathways carry information from the eye to the visual or occipital cortex in the brain, where this information is processed into vision.
Also known as videokeratography or corneal mapping, corneal topography is a method of computer-assisted examination of the cornea, the clear front portion of the eye that transmits and focuses light into the eye. Corneal topography is performed by projecting illuminated rings onto the corneal surface which are reflected back and measured by the instrument. The test results in the generation of a topographical map of the cornea.
Corneal topography is used to identify the curvature of the cornea and to identify distortions (such as keratoconus) or scarring of the cornea. It is also used as an aid in fitting contact lenses and in the evaluation of patients undergoing LASIK and other surgeries.
Our state-of-the-art digital imaging system takes high resolution pictures of the inside of the eye. This detailed view of the retina provides us with an excellent reference point for future comparisons. Since nothing touches the eye, photo documentation is painless.
Retinal photography assists in the detection and management of problems such as diabetic changes, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, and retinal holes or thinning.