DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY
We would recommend all of our patients take advantage of our diagnostic testing in an enhanced eye examination.
In addition to a regular eye test, in an enhanced eye examination we can check your visual fields (side vision), and use retinal photography to aid the diagnostic process. We can also undertake an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan of your eye, which can show problems from their earliest stages.
The detailed information provided by these tests gives us a head start on diagnosis of serious eye conditions and health problems, thus enabling earlier treatment and the best possible chance of avoiding sight loss.
OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT)
Dawkins & Lodge were one of the very first in the area to invest in this state-of-the-art optical technology over 10 years ago.
An optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan is designed to help detect eye disease at the earliest stages.
In simple terms, this is the equivalent of the “optical ultrasound”, although in fact, it achieves higher resolution imaging than either ultrasound or MRI.
By ensuring an image is taken of your retina, at an early stage, it is easier to see when changes occur and to take appropriate action.
We utilise a retinal camera to photograph the interior surface of the eye, including the retina, optical disc, macula and posterior pole (the fundus).
This gives our Optometrists the opportunity to monitor the progression of a disease, to screen for potential problems and to provide comparisons with previous photographs to see where changes to the retina have occurred.
The process is quick and easy. You will sit facing the machine with your chin on a rest and a flash of light will indicate the photo has been taken, just like with a normal digital camera.
VISUAL FIELD TESTING
Your visual field is the total area of which you can see, including your peripheral vision. It is important to our Optometrists to diagnose, determine the severity of, and monitor glaucoma.
The most common visual field test uses a light spot that is repeatedly presented in different areas of your peripheral vision. You will be asked to sit in front of a machine with your chin on a rest and click a button when you see a dot of light appear in your peripheral vision.
Appointments for our EyeCare Plan patients include an OCT scan as standard, or you can opt to upgrade your eye examination to include these advanced diagnostic tools for an additional fee.
If you have any questions about the technology used in our practice, or what is included in an eye examination, please get in touch and we'll be happy to discuss the options available to you and your family.