TECHNOLOGY USED IN THIS PRACTICE
To enable this practice to provide the highest quality of care, we have invested in technology that assists in the early diagnosis and monitoring of many eye diseases. The aquisition and ongoing maintainence of this highly specialised equipment is not adequately compensated for by Medicare alone. All eye examinations at this practice are privately billed with a Medicare rebate providing a portion of the eye examination fee. Additionally, we may also charge a separate fee for various types of imaging or specialised examinations when these are required.
Automated perimetry assesses the sensitivity of your central and peripheral vision and produces an accurate map of your central and peripheral visual field. Visual field tests help monitor, detect, or diagnose many conditions that effect the eye including, glaucoma, macular degeneration, neurological damage and trauma. We have the 'gold standard' of all visual field machines with the latest upgraded software so a visual field exam can now be performed in 2-3 minutes per eye compared to other devices that may take 5-7 minutes per eye. This greatly improves patient comfort and provides more reliable test results. The Zeiss HFA 3 field analyser is also able to perform the Esterman driving test which is the recommended test type by Austroads Australia for assessing those with field loss in terms of suitability for driving.
Corneal topography assesses the anterior curvature of the cornea and produces a highly precise map of the contours of your cornea. Our topographer is considered to be the 'Gold Standard' of topographers by optometrists worldwide for the fitting of speciality contact lenses such as in OrthoKeratology. Our topographer can measure to an accuracy of within 2 microns, which is incredible given a human hair is 75 microns thick and maps the greatest area of all placido ring topographers providing accurate measurements across the whole cornea. The precise mapping of your cornea makes the fitting of custom rigid hard contact lenses more accurate, and can be used to monitor any alterations in corneal shape caused by progressive corneal disorders such as pytergium, degenerative disease, and keratoconnus. Corneal topography is also essential for the precise fitting of Orthokeratology lenses.
DIGITAL RETINAL SCANNING
A digital retinal scan provides a high resolution digital photograph of your retina, optic nerve, macula, and blood vessels which is saved on file for future comparison. A retinal scan helps detect early signs of retinal pathology, and is extremely useful for photo-documenting diabetic patients who have increased susceptability to vascular changes.
ANTERIOR SEGMENT PHOTOGRAPHY
A high resolution digital camera provides a digital photograph or video of your cornea or lens of the eye which is saved on file for future comparison. A corneal or lens scan helps detect and monitor signs of corneal disease including infection, trauma, cataract, pytergium and other pathology associated with the anterior portion of the eye.
TEAR FILM SURFACE QUALITY ANALYSIS
Assessment of the tear fluid surface quality (TFSQ) is possible using a placido disc videokeratograph. This practice utilises complex software algorithms to analyse the tear surface layer non-invasively. This information helps diagnose dry eye disease, and can be used to monitor the improvement of tear fluid stability during treatments for dry eye.
An infrared imaging system connected to a high resolution camera is able to view the meibomian glands directly within the eyelids and provide diagnostic information on the health and function of the meibomian glands which are often linked with dry eye conditons such as evaporative dry eye syndrome.
OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT)
A specialised laser scanning device that is able to produce highly detailed 2D and 3D images from structures within the eye, particularly the retina, macula, optic nerve head, and cornea. These images can be used for early diagnosis and future monitoring of important eye diseases such as age-related macula degeneration and glaucoma.
An autorefractor can provide an accurate baseline measurement of an individuals spectacle prescription without the need for patient communication. This means an independant reading of a prescription can be obtained in those that do not speak English or for infants and young children that can not communicate efficiently. The result may then be refined by more trraditional refraction and vision measurments. The reading is taken quickly and painlessly, however typically eye drops will be used to stop the eye muscles focussing during the proceedure.