Specs Sensation has been developed with careful thought into the technology we employ to take the best care of your eyes. We are committed to using state-of-the-art technology during your eye consultation. All of our technology and results obtained are part of your bulk-billed test – making quality and accurate eye care affordable to every single client we see. Some of the technology we use include:
- Digital retinal photography:
This imaging technology enables us to photograph your retina at high resolution and gives our Optometrist useful information when analyzing the important components of the retina, macula, optic nerve, blood vessels, etc. Having this useful information ensures we can make an accurate diagnosis of your ocular health. We are able to diagnose a variety of ocular diseases including:
- Diabetic and hypertensive eye disease
- Macular degeneration
- Blood vessel haemorrhages
- Retinal vein or artery blockages
- Retinal tears/holes or detachment
- Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
To complement our digital images, OCT is another powerful and impressive imaging technology we use at Specs Sensation. OCT is a high-definition imaging machine that gives a detailed 3-D image of the cross-section of the retina. This technology uses sophisticated software that interprets the image data which is reviewed by our Optometrist and this facilitates diagnosing various different eye diseases. This machine also has the benefit of allowing our Optometrists to monitor ocular health over a timeline and detect any changes to your eye health.
Our OCT images yet again are FREE and part of your eye examination. Like our digital retinal photograph, OCT is also non-invasive and takes a minute to complete. This machine gives us invaluable information that is necessary to make accurate decisions on best managing your eye health.
The OCT machine is one of the best technologies available to detect and monitor a range of different retinal pathologies from diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration to macular holes, etc.
- Visual fields
Glaucoma is defined as a group of eye diseases where vision is lost due to damage to the optic nerve. This damage is irreversible and vision loss is usually gradual and starts peripherally. There is no cure for glaucoma but regular surveillance and appropriate management can control vision losses. The damaged nerve at the back of the eye cannot regenerate and repair itself. Therefore, it is critically important that this condition is detected early and managed best. Different technologies are used to assess optic nerve health including OCT and visual field testing.
Like all our screening tests, visual fields testing is also done FREE of any charges for Medicare-eligible patients. Typically, this test is performed annually but could be done more frequently depending on your individual needs. A visual field test maps out what your world looks like to you. This test measures the area of vision and how wide an area your eye can see. Usually, visual field losses cannot be detected by the patient until the damage is severe. Other diseases can also influence your field of vision including cataracts, stroke, macular degeneration, and diabetes. It is important that this test is done to accurately diagnose the reason for the visual field loss so the best management options are implemented to manage your eye health.
Visual field tests require concentration and take a few minutes to complete. Based on the results of the visual fields test and other tests, our Optometrist can assist in making an accurate diagnosis and putting in place a tailor-made management plan to suit your individual needs.
These imaging and diagnostic tests are non-invasive and take under a minute to a few minutes to get done for each test. The image quality is fantastic as we have invested in quality equipment that is currently available on the market. Our optometrists have the experience and knowledge to critically analyze these images and discuss in simple language their findings with you.
It is advisable that these tests get done by all clients – they are FREE to Medicare eligible patients but give a lot of information that is very important in making correct and crucial decisions that affect the health of your eyes.