In Depth: Technology


WANT MORE FROM YOUR EYE EXAM? 

Technology is rapidly changing the eye care industry. At Eyedeal Optometrist we are proud to provide our patients with the latest technologies for earlier detection of eye diseases.

We have diagnostic equipment specifically for the detection of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetes. An examination at Eyedeal Optometrist will leave you reassured that your eye health has been comprehensively checked.

Our Technologies include:

Visual Field Test

Peripheral vision is what allows us to see sideways, giving us a view of nearly 180 degrees. Peripheral vision can be damaged by glaucoma, stroke, head injury, some brain tumours and retinal detachment. A visual field test is a computerised method to precisely measure your side vision. It requires you to look at a white screen and click responses when you see small flashes of light in the periphery.

A visual field test costs $20 out of pocket after the medicare payment. Patients who are under 12 years, pensioners and concession card holders are fully bulk-billed.

 

Dilated Pupil Test

For a more comprehensive examination of the retina our optometrist may use eyedrops to dilate the pupil. The eyedrops last several hours and you will need sunglasses afterwards, and someone to drive you home. This test is important for patients with naturally small pupils, diabetes, cataract and any other suspected eye disease.

 

Digital Retinal Photography

Digital Retinal Photography assists our optometrist in the early detection of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye changes. A digital retinal image creates a permanent medical record allowing us to make future comparisons and monitor development of future eye disease. Even better, you can see what it looks like inside your eye!

Digital Retinal Photography costs $30


OCT scan (including Digital Retinal Photography)

The OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer) machine takes cross-sectional images of the deeper layers of the retina and in particular the macula. These layers are not visible by other methods and the OCT allows our optometrist to see what is under the surface of your retina. The images are formed by reflected light from the retina, and have a resolution of one thousandth of a millimetre. OCT scans are quick and painfree.

A high resolution OCT scan assists in the earlier detection of glaucoma, retinal and macula diseases. An OCT enables your optometrist to examine your retinal nerve layer thickness for glaucoma. It also allows detection of subtle changes to the retina, such as macular holes, macular swelling and macular degeneration.

OCT imaging costs $50, as Medicare currently does not cover the cost of this new technology. (This cost includes Digital Retinal Photography)

 

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