Ocular Disease Diagnosis and Management

Ocular Disease Diagnosis and Management

We are both well qualified to diagnose and manage ocular diseases such as infections caused by contact lens wear, corneal ulcers, foreign bodies, iritis, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal holes, among many others.  There are new ways that help us obtain much better views inside the eye to better detect and manage some of these eye diseases often before you notice any obvious symptoms.  We now offer all of our patients an OCT exam and a Visual Field exam.  When a condition is beyond our scope of practice, we will get you referred as soon as possible to the best, most appropriate doctor for your condition and set that appointment for you.

OCT Exam: Optical Coherence Tomography is an advanced technology used to produce cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve.  This technology allows us to examine the retina at a microscopic level and has revolutionized the early diagnosis and treatment of many retinal conditions.  This often shows damage in your eyes from retinal abnormalities including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases, and glaucoma before it is suspected by your doctor’s examination.  There is no risk to the patient or harmful side effects.

Visual Field Exam: Visual field tests assess your peripheral vision and the potential presence of blind spots, which could indicate eye diseases or neurological abnormalities.  Many eye and brain disorders can cause peripheral vision loss.  For example, optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma creates very specific patterns of vision loss.  Often the patient won’t notice peripheral vision changes until there is significant vision loss.  Brain abnormalities such as those caused by strokes or tumors often affect your peripheral vision making this a great screener when headaches are present.

Topography: A corneal topography takes a topographical map of your cornea. This is very important to help us detect abnormalities to the shape of your cornea that helps us to ensure better success with glasses and contact lenses on more complicated corneas. This can also help us to see if you have any abnormalities on the front of your eyes due to dry eyes. This is important to address prior to any surgical procedure such as lasik or cataract surgery.