Our clinic is a referral center for other eye doctors who want their patients to have the benefit of our advanced machinery to aid in the accurate and timely diagnosis of eye disease.
We have two advanced digital cameras designed to photograph the inside or your eyes for exact documentation of your eyes internal ocular health. Retinal photography is painless and uses ordinary light. Computer software assists your eye doctor to detect the early stages of internal eye disease. This procedure is recommended for all patients with:
- HIV – AIDS
- High blood pressure
- A history of Cancer
- A history of Retinal Detachment
- Glaucoma or having a risk for Glaucoma
- Macular Degeneration or having a risk for ARMD
- Any other recommendation by your eye doctor
We are the first clinic in Vancouver to have the Eidon AF Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope which gives a high resolution retinal image with a wide field of view in true colour even in the presence of cataracts (which can obstruct standard retinal cameras). This technology is better than a standard retinal camera as it also provides Auto Fluorescence (AF) to detect retinal cell damage and cell death caused by the accumulation of lipofuscin – a pigment responsible for macular degeneration and retinal damage caused by medications such as Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, Tamoxophen, Topomax and Rifabutin. Lipofuscin accumulation is also found in Stargardt’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and COPD.
This mapping device captures 25,000 points of digital data and mathematically analyzes the hills and valleys and contours on the surface of your eye. This tool is essential for all laser eye surgery patients and is used in advanced contact lens fittings and for the detection of corneal diseases such as keratoconus. Our clinic was the first optometry clinic in BC to have a Tomey corneal topographer.
Visual Field Analyzer
This state of the art diagnostic tool is the gold standard in the diagnosis of Glaucoma. By testing your central and peripheral field of vision with spots of light of different sizes and intensity, we can assess how much light it takes to send information from your eyes to your brain through your optic nerve and along your visual pathway. This tool helps us to identify glaucoma, brain tumors, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, traumatic brain injury damage and the toxic side effects of medications like Tamoxophen (a cancer drug). Our practice was the first eye clinic in Canada to have a Frequency Doubling Field Analyzer (now replaced with better technology).
Ocular Coherence Tomography
OCT is like an ultrasound but uses light. An OCT will image each of the ten sub-layers of the retina and detail this structure in 5 micron sections. Using an OCT is the only way to see the macula in all of its detail and detect microscopic fluid accumulation or separation of layers before sight is lost. The OCT will also measure the diameter, depth and volume of the cup in the center of your optic nerve where it joins the eye. This measurement is necessary to assess the progression of glaucoma. The OCT test is painless and takes less than one minute. Our clinic was the first optometry clinic in Vancouver to have the Zeiss OCT technology. The OCT can also will measure the thickness of the 1.5 million retinal never fibers (RNFL) as they enter the optic nerve to predict glaucoma damage six years before you have damage to your visual field. It can also assess the ganglion cell layer to predict glaucoma 12 years in advance of damage to your visual field. Our clinic was the first optometry clinic in BC to have a GDx VCC (now replaced with newer technology).
Our newest OCT can measure the drainage angle of your eyes located at the intersection of the sclera (white part), iris (coloured part) and cornea (the clear part you rest a contact lens on). This is critical for assessing a risk factor for “Angle Closure Glaucoma”.
This is an ultrasound device used to measure the thickness of the front surface of an eye (the cornea). It has only been since 2002 that eye pressure was confirmed to be related to corneal thickness. Anyone at risk for glaucoma and anyone with a history of laser eye surgery (PRK or LASIK) should have this test to help determine the true pressure of their eye. We can do this with an ultrasound probe or OCT.