Ocular imaging is an important tool for diagnosing and managing both acute and chronic eye diseases, and they also provide “benchmark” data that can help your eye doctor spot subtle signs of disease in future exams. At G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, our doctors use the most advanced ocular imaging techniques to help patients of all ages in and around Pahrump, Nevada, maintain optimal eye health. To learn more about optical imaging or to schedule an exam, contact our office today.
Sometimes called ophthalmic imaging, ocular imaging uses a series of techniques and specialized equipment to obtain detailed images of the eye anatomy. Different technology and methods are used depending on the area of the eye that’s being visualized and assessed. At G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, our doctors use the most advanced imaging ocular equipment for highly accurate images of the retina, cornea, and other structures. The images obtained can be used to diagnose eye diseases and conditions that can affect vision and eye health, plus they can be used to manage treatment. Ocular imaging is often performed to provide baseline information about your eyes that can be used in future exams to look for subtle changes that could be indicative of an underlying eye or vision problem.
All of the ocular imaging tests we perform are conducted right here in the office, using state-of-the-art systems and technology. Imaging tests are noninvasive and painless, and they can be conducted during a regular comprehensive eye exam. Most imaging tests require your eyes to be dilated using special eye drops. During the test, you’ll be asked to rest your head or chin on a comfortable support to hold your head steady. Then, you’ll look into the device while a camera, scanner, or other device obtains images of your eye. Some ocular imaging techniques use a camera to take detailed images of your eye’s structures, while other techniques use a low-intensity laser to obtain a different type of image.
Optical coherence tomography or OCT is an imaging technique designed to obtain images of the eye. OCT uses cross-sectional scanning technology that’s based on the reflection and scattering of light from your eye’s structures. The reflected light is captured by the OCT device and used to create cross-sectional images. The technology can also be used to evaluate nerve fiber density in the retina as well as look for fluid in and around the retina, and it can be used to evaluate the cornea and the front or anterior portion of the eye as well.
The slit lamp is an important tool in eye care. As the name implies, the lamp uses a thin slit of light to evaluate your eye. The slit lamp is designed to evaluate the front or anterior portion of your eye, including the lens, iris, cornea, sclera, and conjunctiva. It can be used in conjunction with a microscope or with a camera to capture images.