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Wellness Exams: Macular Degeneration

clipart 009Macular degeneration is an eye-threatening condition affecting the area of the retina that is involved with central and detail vision, called the the macula. Deterioration of the macula does serious harm to your central and detail vision, making detail work like threading a needle or activities like reading the morning paper, increasingly difficult or even, in extreme case, impossible. Macular degeneration often makes even recognizing the faces of your loved ones difficult, as a result of the blurry or blank spots in the center of your vision caused by macular damage.

Fortunately, when caught early, Macular Degeneration can be treated and sight loss can be prevented. This is why we have the best technology in the eye care world to help detect and diagnose macular degeneration earlier and more accurately than ever before! Introducing OCT and Optomap!

The OCT uses light waves to take cross-section pictures and is able to produce high quality images of the retina in a non-invasive, patient friendly manner. The OCT allows your doctor to see distinctive layers of your eye, making mapping and measuring their thickness easier than ever before. This helps with early detection, diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases that otherwise may take longer to detect or may go undetected entirely, minimizing treatment options and success rates. OCT is used to scan the retina and optic nerve at an extremely high resolution, down to a 5 micron digital slice of your eye. That’s 1/10,000,000 of one inch! This allows your doctor to get a view of sections of your eye that are thinner than a human hair. This helps us get an incredibly in-depth look at the retina, to ensure that there are no concerning developments that may indicate macular degeneration.

The OPTOS Optomap OCT allows your eye doctor to see retinal structures not visible through regular exam methods by using light to provide a high resolution scan meant to pick up early signs of structural change or disease. This allows your eye doctor to see even the smallest changes in the retina and optic nerve with greater accuracy, and much higher definition, making early and accurate detection of common sight threatening eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, easier than ever before.

While traditional imaging technologies are usually able to scan around 15% of your retina at a time, The OPTOS Optomap is able to scan in a stunningly large 200 degree arc, capturing about 80% of your retina in one panoramic scan. This allows for a wider and more accurate view of the retina than with less advanced scans. This scan will provide you and your eye doctor with an extremely detailed picture of your eye that will act as a valuable road map of your overall eye health.

For more information, come see us at iCare solutions, today!

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