Innovations in eye care technology have allowed optometrists to provide patients with a more comprehensive and accurate examination. At Neal Eye Group, we are proud to offer thorough exams with the most up-to-date technology. Keep reading to learn more about some of the newest equipment used at Neal Eye Group to ensure your exam is comprehensive and efficient!
The auto-refractor is a machine we commonly use as part of our pre-screening process that allows our technicians and doctors to obtain an objective measurement of how light enters a patient’s eye. This information provides us with an estimate of the patient’s prescription, adding accuracy and efficiency to the exam. It can help indicate how much a patient’s vision has changed since their previous visit, and how our doctors can adjust the new prescription to improve vision.
Fundus photography is a service offered to our patient’s that allows photo-documentation of the retina. The retina is the important tissue lining the back of the eye that allows us to see, and it has many essential structures and features working together. In a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor observes these important parts of the eye to ensure they are healthy and unchanging. Fundus photography allows us to take pictures of the retina, giving us photo evidence of any changes that may occur. It’s a quick and painless screening test that involves a flash of light no brighter than that of a cell phone’s camera.
TearLab Osmolarity Test
Dry eye disease is both difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat, but it affects millions of Americans. If you are suffering from dry eye symptoms, the TearLab Osmolarity Test can give valuable information about the cause of your symptoms and the best way to manage them. In many cases of dry eye disease, the tears are hyperosmolar, meaning there are more particles than liquid. The TearLab can measure the tears’ osmolarity and quantify the results, allowing our doctors to more easily analyze information about the condition.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
The retina is made up of 10 different, but equally important, layers. The OCT, or Optical Coherence Tomography, is an imaging technique that uses technology similar to an ultrasound to show the different retinal layers. This allows our doctors to visualize the retina’s structure and detect even the smallest abnormality. The OCT provides critically important information in the management of patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and many more retinal conditions.
Eye care technology such as this is only a small part of what’s available through Neal Eye Group. Ask your doctor for more information about our newest instruments and how they provide our patients with the best possible care.