Zeiss Angioplex


Optometrists located in Nye County, Pahrump, NV

The Zeiss AngioPlex is a state-of-the-art system for diagnosing, assessing, and managing diseases that affect the light-sensitive retina located at the back of your eye. The Zeiss technology provides the highest degree of accuracy for precise 3D images so your eye doctor can tailor your treatment plan specifically for your needs. At G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, we use the Zeiss AngioPlex system to diagnose and manage retinal diseases in patients throughout the Pahrump, Nevada, area. Contact our office to learn more.

Zeiss Angioplex Q & A

What are retinal diseases?

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:

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic and progressive disease that causes loss of central vision and increases the risk of retinal detachment and blindness
  • Diabetic retinopathy, a disease that causes tiny blood vessels in the retina to weaken and leak fluids, or results in the formation of new, weak vessels and scar tissue, all of which interfere with clear vision
  • Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), a blockage in one of the main blood vessels in the retina, which prevents normal blood flow in the area and causes fluids to leak into the retina
  • Macular edema, a buildup of fluid in the central portion of the retina called the macula

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.

How are retinal diseases and conditions diagnosed?

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.

How is the Zeiss AngioPlex used to diagnose and manage retinal diseases?

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.