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Lakeway Vision Associates uses the latest in vision care technology

Part of any comprehensive wellness eye examination is a thorough screening of the retina and optic nerve on the inside of the eye. Prior to more recent advances in technology, the only method available for viewing the structures of the inside of the eye was to dilate the pupils with drops and look into the eye with microscopes and very bright light. We now have the ability to capture the details of the retina in one panoramic image with the use of the Optomap. The test involves a couple of bright flashes of light to each eye and the product is a detailed picture of 200 degrees of the inside of the eye that the doctors will use to rule out early signs of eye disease, like glaucoma and macular degeneration, and problems associated with other systemic medical conditions that often affect the health of the eye.

Healthy young retina

Damage from uncontrolled diabetes

Choroidal nevus (freckle)

Inflamed retina from West Nile virus

The GDx is an instrument that helps the doctors to diagnose and manage glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease that ultimately can result in the loss of peripheral vision. Glaucoma is typically managed through the use of topical ophthalmic medication to reduce eye pressure, though at times laser procedures and surgery are needed to better stabilize the disease. The GDx uses a diagnostic laser to measure the thickness of the nerve fiber layer of the optic nerve, the tissue that carries visual signals to the brain that is damaged by glaucoma. The instrument helps the doctors to compare patients’ data to normal levels for a population of the same age and ethnicity and to compare measurements from one year to the next to detect disease progression.

Our Haag-Streit anterior segment camera allows us to document and follow trauma or disease at the surface and anterior structures of the eye. The doctors can follow the size of a corneal ulcer as it heals, monitor a freckle on the iris for change, or document damage from contact lenses. Both doctors believe that a photograph also holds tremendous value for patient education as it is able to present a large amount of information in a quick, easy-to-understand visual.