Technology enhances our lives in so many ways, and your eye care is no different. We have implemented some of the latest innovative technologies available to improve the diagnostic and treatment options we provide for our patients. Listed on this page are some of the ways we have invested in our practices to continually integrate the leading-edge treatment options that translate to better vision care for you and your family.
Fully Digital Vision Testing
Digital testing enhances the diagnosis and treatment options available in both our Burleigh Waters and Tweed Heads optometry clinics. Digital eye testing can provide more accurate results for more precise prescriptions and also allow us to easily store your digital results year after year in our digital records system for easy comparison over time.
With digital vision testing, we can often perfect prescription options, helping to improve night vision and decrease halos around lights at night.
Digital Retinal Photography
Digital retinal photography is used to closely analyse and record back of the eye health status. It is beneficial for the diagnosis of retinal conditions and diseases such as macular degeneration or diabetic vision complications. The retina is located at the back of the eye where light and images reflect and includes the retinal disc – the location of the optic nerve.
This diagnostic procedure may be recommended for yearly exams to monitor eye health and are crucially important for patients with underlying diseases such as diabetes, or if you are taking certain prescription medications that can impact your eye health.
Computerised Peripheral Vision Testing
When we think of seeing, we often think of what's directly before us, but peripheral vision fills out the field of view and is important to our sensory experience and accuracy in vision. Peripheral field tests reveal any deficits in the outer edges of vision and can help diagnose conditions such as central nervous system deficiencies, hypertension, pituitary gland disorders, multiple sclerosis and hyperthyroidism. In many cases, your eye health is a window to your overall health.
Digital Anterior Eye Microscope
Our digital anterior microscope is used to closely analyse and record front of the eye health status, including the presence of cataracts or corneal injury as well as any abnormalities in the sclera, or the white of the eye.
OCT Scanning Technology
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test used to take pictures of the retina in cross-sections. It is similar to ultrasound but uses light instead of sound waves to identify eye conditions and eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Your optometrist will make you aware of any conditions so you can make an informed choice for your eye health.
Macular Pigment Optical Density Testing (MPOD)
Macular pigment density measures the macular pigment at the centre of the eye, which is responsible for absorbing damaging blue light – think of internal sunglasses. As we age, macular degeneration becomes a growing concern and when combined with increased computer and device use, along with blue light from flat-screen televisions, monitoring macular pigment becomes an essential part of annual eye health exams.
With early detection, managing macular degeneration can slow the progress of the disease significantly, extending the patient’s quality of life.
Digital Corneal Topography
Corneal topography imaging is a non-invasive procedure that maps the shape of the cornea, similar to a map showing the altitude of the landscape. This information provides your optometrist with valuable clinical data about the corneal surface of your eye and is used to diagnose and recommend treatment for a variety of eye conditions.
This technology also assists your optometrist in fitting contact lenses properly.
HOYA TrueView for Spectacle Lenses
Your spectacles are more than a fashion statement. Having a great fit can mean improved comfort and visual preciseness throughout the day, whether you're exploring the city, landscapes or working on a computer. HOYA TrueView takes precise measurements for fitting spectacle lenses to the patient's needs for optimal comfort and functionality.
Digital Tear and Tear Gland Scanning for Dry Eyes
The meibomian glands are responsible for keeping the eyes lubricated along with the saltwater found in tears. Meibomian lipids are the viscous oily layer on the eyes that aid in comfort and support the watery fluid in the eyes. When not enough lipids are present, tears evaporate too quickly, leaving the discomfort and redness of dry eyes.
Digital scans of tear and tear gland health help reveal any areas where the eyes are not receiving enough moisture and lubrication to stay healthy. Unlike meibomian and tear testing of the past, the digital scan is far more comfortable and accurate, making it an exceptional patient education tool.
LipiFlow Therapy for Dry Eyes
LipiFlow therapy treats the root cause of dry eyes by clearing the meibomian glands to improve the flow of lipids to the eyes in a comfortable and non-invasive way. You can think of it as a warm massage for your eyes.
In most cases, treatment can be completed right in our Burleigh Waters or Tweed Heads eye clinics in just a few short minutes. LipiFlow therapy can reduce or eliminate the uncomfortable sensations caused by dry eyes.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy for Dry Eyes
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy has gained in popularity for dry eye treatment because of its multi-faceted approach. IPL uses light energy to reduce inflammation and promote cell regeneration. It also warms the meibomian glands, making it easier for them to clear and replenish the lipid layer of the eyes. IPL also reduces Demodex mites responsible for infection of the hair and skin follicles, including those of the eye.