We know that being able to see clearly is a major concern for virtually everyone. After all, if your vision is blurred or otherwise compromised, it can make even the simplest of tasks difficult. In some situations, such as when driving, poor eyesight can be downright dangerous and put both you and those around you at serious risk. However, great eyesight is about so much more than just how clearly you can read a row of letters on our board. There are different elements of vision to consider, never mind the overall health of your eyes.
For this reason, we offer specialized ocular health testing alongside our standard vision tests. This takes advantage of some of the latest tools and techniques in optometry and utilizes them so that we can get a clear vision of how well your vision works for you, and whether you have any underlying health problems affecting your eyes.
We have invested in some of the latest optometric equipment so that we can accurately monitor your ocular health, diagnose any potential problems and document the progress and outcomes of any treatment that you may require. Our equipment includes:
A slit lamp is an instrument that contains a high-intensity light source that can be focused to shine a thin sheet of light into the eye. This lamp enables us to visualize both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye in a magnified way. Doing so, we can check:
The white part of the eye, known as the sclera.
The clear, dome-shaped window in the front of the eye, known as the cornea.
The lens of the eye. This is the clear part behind the pupil that is responsible for focusing light onto the retina so that we can see.
The retina, which is the later of nerve cells lining the back wall of the inside of the eye. This senses light and sends messages to the brain via the optic nerve, which then determines what we can see.
The optic nerve. See above.
Using a slit lamp, we can check for a multitude of different ocular problems including:
Dry eye syndrome
A torn/detached retina
We can then take snapshots of your eyes and check on the progress of any treatment that you are receiving – for example, how well diabetic retinopathy can resolve with the correct treatment.
Some people prefer to wear contact lenses over glasses. They can be more convenient since you don’t need to remember to take them with you. They also don’t interfere with your appearance. However, some patients find using contacts uncomfortable. We can change this thanks to corneal topography. Also known as a photokeratoscopy, corneal topography is a non-invasive imaging technique that is used to map the surface of the cornea so that we can precisely determine its curves, which are unique to each patient. We can undertake this using our corneal topography machine and this enables us to offer bespoke, speciality contact lens fitting. This ensures that your contact lenses are a perfect fit for your eyes and comfortable to wear as well as correcting your vision.
A visual field analyzer is a tool that enables us to measure your visual field and check your peripheral vision. This is how wide you can see without moving your head. Peripheral vision is vitally important for our day to day activities, helping us to drive safely, play sport and even just navigate our way through crowded areas. Using our visual field analyzer, we can check that there are no problems affecting your peripheral vision, such as glaucoma, and arrange for any necessary treatment.
If you would like to learn more about our specialized ocular health testing, or if you would like to arrange an appointment to have the health of your eyes assessed by our experienced team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our offices in St. John’s, Florida today.