The retina is the light-sensitive portion of your eye, located in the very back of your eye. The retina can be damaged by trauma, but more often, it’s damaged by diseases, which include:
In addition, the retina can be damaged by other diseases and conditions like retinal detachment and retinitis, a group of diseases that damage the retina and impair its ability to gather light.
In the past, retinal disease diagnosis depended on the doctor’s own ability to clearly visualize the retina, using dilating eye drops and magnifying lenses. More recently, technology has enabled eye doctors to take photos and perform computerized assessments of the retina (called optical coherence tomography or OCT) for far greater accuracy and broader imaging capabilities.
At G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, we use the Zeiss AngioPlex OCT system to obtain the most precise and most accurate images of the retina. Unlike some traditional approaches that rely on injected dyes to visualize the blood vessels and blood flow in and around the retina, the Zeiss AngioPlex doesn’t require dyes, yet still produces superior images that can be used in diagnosis and disease management.
The Zeiss AngioPlex uses a specific “scan pattern” of light waves to obtain images of the inside of your eye. When the light waves are emitted, they “bounce” off your eye’s structures and are captured by the machine. The returning waves provide information that’s used by the computer to create detailed 3D images of the eye’s structures as well as processes like circulation and fluid movement. The scan takes just moments to perform.
At G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD., we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.