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Digital Retinal Imaging At Good Looks in North Raleigh, NC

We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.

This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.

The advantages of digital imaging include:

  • Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
  • Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
  • Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
  • Image resolution is extremely high quality
  • Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
  • No patient prep required

Digital Retinal Imaging

Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.

Visual Field Testing At Good Looks in North Raleigh, NC

A visual field test measures how much 'side' vision you have. It is a straightforward test, painless, and does not involve eye drops. Essentially lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. Your head is kept still and you have to place your chin on a chin rest. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating.

Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. Our North Raleigh optometrist may ask only for a driving licence visual field test, which takes 5-10 minutes. If you have just asked for a driving test or the clinic doctor advised you have one, you will be informed of the result by the clinic doctor, in writing, in a few weeks.

Normally the test is carried out by a computerised machine, called a Humphrey. Occasionally the manual test has to be used, a Goldman. For each test you have to look at a central point then press a buzzer each time you see the light.

Good Looks Introduces: The Topcon Non-Contact Tonometer for Glaucoma Detection

raleigh eye doctorGood Looks eye doctors in North Raleigh, North Carolina proudly introduces the new Topcon non-contact tonometer. The Topcon non-contact tonometer is the latest and most convenient technology for the measure of internal fluid pressure of the eye and detection of glaucoma, and employs some of the most advanced technologies and patient-comfortable designs, making it the best non-contact tonometer in the market by all standards.

Dr. Risk explains, “Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye builds up, causing irreparable damage to the optic nerve, which sends signals from your retina to your brain, where these signals are interpreted as the images you see. Only about half of all people who have glaucoma even know that they have the eye condition. Glaucoma steals your sight slowly, over time. Usually you don’t have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly, so that by the time you know there is something wrong, irreparable damage has likely already been done. Fortunately, early detection can help safeguard your vision. This is where the Topcon non-contact tonometer comes in.

The Topcon non-contact tonometer measures eye fluid pressure by using a few quick puffs of air to momentarily flatten the cornea. Fluid pressure inside your eye is measured by detecting the force of the air jet at the instant the cornea is flattened. This allows your doctor to get a measure of the fluid pressure in your eye in the quickest and most accurate way and provides a convenient and painless process for detecting higher than normal eye fluid pressure, which is a sign of glaucoma.

Another important feature that makes the Topcon non-contact tonometer superior to other non-contact tonometers is the emphasis placed on patient comfort. Topcon created their product with an ergonomically designed headrest so that when you rest your head in order to begin the test, it is more comfortable than with other non-contact tonometers. Other non-contact tonometers also have a “one-size-fits-all” concept when it comes to the strength of the puff of air that measures your eye fluid pressure. The softer air puff used for measurement in the Topcon leads to less stress and more comfort for you during the measurement procedure. The improved software controls the amount of air required for each individual eye, customizing your patient experience to your unique needs, further increasing comfort while being tested.

The Nidek Fundus Camera for Images of the Backs of your Eyes

The Nidek Fundus Camera AFC-330 is a specialized low power microscope with an attached camera, used to take amazingly accurate photos of the interior surface of the back of the eye, including the retina, macula (which is responsible for your central and detail vision), optic nerve, and the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

 

It is used for early detection of potentially harmful eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertensive retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy and macular holes.

Earlier detection means earlier treatment and, many times, a much better patient outcome.

Explaining why this technology is especially helpful when maintaining eye and vision health, Dr. Kent Risk explains, “The ability to see fine details and monitor changes through year-to-year comparisons of a patient's eyes is key. It is also quick, painless, and allows views of the back of eye without the need for dilation, and has a special mode for enabling pictures to be taken even if the patient has small pupils, which in the past made it more difficult to get photos.”

“This technology is especially important for those who don't like to have their eyes dilated,” further explains Dr. Risk, “Dilating the eyes can be uncomfortable for some people, and in the past, if a person has chosen not to be dilated, it was very difficult to get a proper, accurate image of the back of their eye. With the Nidek, many such patients are happy that even if they do not choose to be dilated, a clear detailed picture of their retina can still be viewed.”

The ability to have a baseline image of your eyes and compare images year to year is especially important since every person's eyes are slightly different, and having a baseline allows Dr. Risk to "compare apples to apples" when assessing how your eyes change every year.

It is recommended that everyone be screened with the new Nidek Fundus Camera so that Dr. Risk can have a baseline for assessing your eyes, and it is especially important for those who have eye diseases that require monitoring, systemic diseases that may cause ocular complications, children and those who choose not to be dilated.