It’s time for better management of ocular diseases.
Could you have an ocular disease without even knowing it? Some eye conditions can be present before you notice symptoms. That’s why diagnosis and management of these eye disorders are so critical. Whether it’s a minor issue that will resolve itself, it’s something that you can treat at home with medication, or it’s something more serious that requires additional medical care, we want to make sure you get the best care possible.
Common Ocular Diseases:
Diagnosing Ocular Disease
Using the latest tools and instruments gives us the ability to diagnose ocular diseases more accurately than ever before. We can get increasingly better views inside the eye which allows us to detect issues often before you even have symptoms. Comprehensive eye exams are the first step. Staying in tune with your eye health annually, or every other year is the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy.
In addition to an exam, we use three specific tests to help us view your eye from every angle:
- OCT Exam – an OCT exam, or Optical Coherence Tomography, produces cross-sectional images of the optic nerve and the retina. This state-of-the-art technology is an imaging test that uses light waves to take pictures of your retina. It takes cross-section pictures so each layer of your retina is visible, mapped, and measured. The measurements give indications of the health of your eye and assist in diagnosing retinal diseases. They can show if there is retinal damage, retinal abnormalities, age-related macular degeneration, eye diseases stemming from complications of diabetes, and more. The test is non-invasive, risk-free, and without harmful side-effects.
- Visual Field Exam – testing your peripheral vision with the Visual Field Exam is a vital part of a comprehensive eye exam. This exam helps assess your vision and the possibility of blind spots in your outermost lines of sight. This type of vision loss can indicate not only eye diseases but also neurological abnormalities. Because many eye disorders, and often brain disorders, cause peripheral vision loss, the visual field exam is critical. This is especially true because many people with peripheral vision loss don’t notice a change until it’s significant. Headaches are often the only indicator that something is wrong, which is why this exam is a great way to screen for strokes, tumors, and other abnormalities that affect peripheral vision.
- Corneal Topography – taking a topographical map of your cornea is one of the latest advancements in eye care technology. Corneal topography can identify abnormalities in the shape of your cornea. Not only can this help ensure success with contact lens fittings as well as the appropriate glasses prescription, but it can also help identify abnormalities caused by dry eyes. This information is important, and the condition needs treatment, before having any surgical procedure including cataract surgery or Lasik.
At Eyes of NM, our doctors have extensive qualifications and experience in diagnosing ocular diseases using the latest tools and technology. These tools allow us to have the best views of the inside of your eye which aids in obtaining the most accurate information to detect, diagnose, and manage eye diseases.
Our clinic offers the OCT and Visual Field exam to every patient in our practice, so everyone has access to the same exceptional care. Contact us today for all of your vision care needs, including the management of ocular diseases.