Bigland & Cowley Optometrists use the latest technology as our standard of care. Some of the more advanced equipment we routinely use in examining our patient’s eyes includes:
Digital Retinal Camera:
Our high-resolution Digital Retinal Camera allows us to take a photo of the back of your eye. It allows a more detailed and wider-angled view than would normally be achieved with conventional observation methods. However, the real value of retinal photography is that it gives us a benchmark on the condition of your eye, which makes it easier to monitor subtle abnormalities and detect future changes. Retinal photography is especially valuable for detecting and monitoring slow moving pathological processes such as in glaucoma, macula degeneration and diabetes related eye disease. All retinal images are kept on file and linked to your patient record allowing direct comparisons to be made from visit to visit.
Topcon Ocular Coherence Tomographer:
The Topcon Ocular Coherence Tomographer is our most recent addition, and represents the latest development in the area of macula and glaucoma assessment. This sensitive device can detect subtle changes missed by other methods, which enables us to detect and monitor many cases of macula degeneration and glaucoma in their earliest stages. In glaucoma cases, this is especially important as you are highly unlikely to be aware that you are developing the condition. By increasing the chances of early detection of optic nerve and macula defects, this highly detailed assessment method improves the chances of minimising vision loss through prompt treatment or referral to an ophthalmologist.
Medmont M700 Visual Field Analyser:
The Medmont M700 Visual Field Analyser is a diagnostic tool used to examine your peripheral vision in more detail. It is the recognised standard of care in the management of ocular diseases resulting in visual field loss. Visual field testing can be helpful in measuring visual field loss due to strokes and head injury, but it is an especially important tool in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. It is used to confirm if glaucoma has affected the functioning of the optic nerve, evaluate the severity and monitor progression of the disease. Visual field results are easily stored for future reference and can be used to monitor for subtle changes from visit to visit.