Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) Testing
Battle Creek Eye Clinic is pleased to announce that it has added to it’s inventory of advanced eye health technology. With the Quantifeye MPOD Measurement Instrument our optometrists can assess your Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD)- a key risk factor for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness in adults over the age of 55 and there is no cure for it. Its effects are gradual and irreversible which makes early detection essential. Once the early symptoms have been detected, steps can be taken to mitigate and slow the progress of the disease- and the Quanitfeye MPOD is one of the best instruments available today for doing this.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects millions of people every year and the key to prolonging your vision is to detect it early and to mitigate the effects as effectively as possible. Battle Creek’s new Quantifeye MPOD is ready to serve you. Book an appointment today.
Digital Retinal Imaging
Our optometrists in Battle Creek, MI 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 our eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.
This is very important in assisting your eye doctors 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.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test measures how much 'side' vision you have. It is a straightforward test, painless, and does not involve eye drops. Essentially lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. Your head is kept still and you have to place your chin on a chin rest. 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. Our eye doctor in Battle Creek may ask only for a driving licence visual field test, which takes 5-10 minutes. If you have just asked for a driving test or the clinic doctor advised you have one, you will be informed of the result by the clinic doctor, in writing, in a few weeks.
Normally the test is carried out by a computerised machine, called a Humphrey. Occasionally the manual test has to be used, a Goldman. For each test you have to look at a central point then press a buzzer each time you see the light.
Tired of going through the classic line of questioning at the eye doctor: "Which lens is better? This one, or this one?" Never quite sure you chose the right one? What if we told you that you'll never have to go through that endless interrogation again? Welcome to the next generation eye exam, with auto-refractor technology!
The auto-refractor is a digital refractor that works much the same way as the old fashioned phoropter. The big difference is that, instead of the doctor manually clicking through, asking you to decide for yourself which lens is best (which is especially hard when the lenses are very nearly the same!), the auto-phoropter is controlled electronically and measurements are done digitally. This not only shortens the amount of time it takes to decide which lenses will provide you your best vision correction (super helpful when trying to get your little one to stop squirming and co-operate with the process!), but also ultimately results in a more accurate eyeglasses or contact lens prescription.
Quick, comfortable, accurate and convenient is the name of the game with the auto-refractor. We have it here, so why go anywhere else?
The Battle Creek Eye Clinic has acquired a new and highly sophisticated computerized instrument enabling us to provide detailed images from the back of your eyes. The OCT can assist us in early detection of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, and Optic Nerve Disease.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Our Battle Creek optometry clinic offers 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 at our optometry practice in Battle Creek, MI today!
For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website.
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