In our continued efforts to utilize the most advanced technology to the benefit of our patients, Sierra Vista Optometry offers the Optomap Retinal Exam as an addition to our normal services, for an additional fee. The Optomap Retinal Exam scans your retina to create an overview or map, giving your doctor a more detailed view. It is fast, easy and comfortable. The Optomap Retinal Exam helps identify healthy eyes and detects the presence of disease. These retinal images are a great asset to your medical record as they allow your eye doctor to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.
We use leading edge eye care diagnostic and measurement technology in our practice for better understanding, documentation, and care for your unique eyes. This is just some of the advanced equipment we utilize for comprehensive eye examinations.
Our advanced Optical Coherence Tomographer is state of the art for retinal health examinations and glaucoma. Our HD-OCT equipment performs powerful tests to aid our doctors in detecting early signs of eye disease that can lead to irreversible blindness. Optical coherence tomography is an imaging technique that uses low-coherence light to capture micrometer-resolution, two- and three-dimensional images from within optical scattering media. It is used for medical imaging and industrial nondestructive testing.
The MPOD or macular pigment ocular density measures the pigment density of the macula. The macula is the back of the retina responsible for central vision and is also where macular degeneration happens. The MPOD takes its measurement by sending small amounts of blue light to the macula and measuring how much blue light the macula can hold, in turn helping the doctor determine the likelihood of you getting macular degeneration. Once the MPOD is completed and if your score is found to be below average we stock a variety of supplements that have been vigorously tested and found to help increase the pigment density of the macula. After taking the supplements for six months we will re-test and see how your pigment density is improving.
A visual field test maps out what your world looks like to you. It measures the area of vision, or how wide of an area your eye can see. Glaucoma is often called “The Sneak Thief of Sight” because it usually is a painless process that mostly affects the peripheral, or side vision, first. The visual field shows changes that are not noticed by the patient until the damage is severe. Other diseases, such as cataract, stroke, macular degeneration and diabetes, can also influence the visual field. Your doctor will take these possible effects on your exam when interpreting the results.