Dr. Sciberras offers improved digital retinal imaging technology. Our new digital retinal camera allows us to take wider images of the retina and optic nerve head with greater resolution and color accuracy. With this new technology, retinal photographs can be taken without dilating eye drops and even in the presence of cataracts. The state-of-the-art software allows us to store, review and enhance the images to clearly document eye health. Serial photos can be compared to detect any changes to the retina and optic nerve at future visits. Images will be emailed to you for personal records. This technology will benefit you with earlier diagnosis and more accurate eye health documentation.
1. Auto-refraction: the instrument focuses light into the patient’s eye and measures the amount of light reflected by the eye’s retina. In doing so, the instrument is able to provide an accurate estimate of the patient’s prescription, which the doctor can then use as a guide in helping determine and fine-tune the final prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses. This measurement takes only a few seconds to complete, and is performed on all patients prior to seeing the doctor for their eye exam.
2. Auto-keratometry: the instrument measures the curvature of the cornea, or front of the eye, to determine contact lens fitting and optical integrity of the eye.
3. Eye Pressure and Corneal Thickness Readings: the eye’s internal pressure is measured with a soft stream of air and the corneal thickness is measured simultaneously, which relates information to deduce glaucoma risk and laser eye surgery candidacy.
This recent acquisition represents a significant shift in the exam process. The digital refraction system offers more accurate and a less time-consuming determination of your spectacle prescription. It also enables immediate one-touch comparison of your new prescription compared to your current spectacles. Prescription determinations can be frustrating for patients, but this system makes the process faster, more precise and easier for the patient to make subjective choices.
Visual Field Exam
The Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer can quickly measure a patient’s peripheral vision. It uses a technology known as frequency doubling to assess a patient’s sensitivity to movement and peripheral vision. It is used as a screening tool to aid in detecting glaucoma, optic nerve disease, as well as stroke and headache assessment. When not covered by OHIP, this ancillary test has a fee of $29.
The Ocutouch System is a patient education software app that provides interactive eye anatomy animations to complement the doctor’s explanation of your eye exam findings. This helps each patient fully understand their diagnosis, risks and treatment options, allowing them to easily grasp otherwise difficult eye-related concepts. It is very useful in explaining cataracts and its surgical correction, glaucoma, refractive errors and their correction, eyelid and tear flow problems, retinal and vitreous detachments.
Our new Ipad application has four major benefits that we are happy to provide our patients as a complementary service. First, the app allows our patients to try on glasses so that they can be viewed while wearing their own eyeglasses. The images can be emailed to family and friends for second opinions as well. Up to four frame styles can be compared simultaneously. The app also serves as a great visual educational tool on the different lens technologies and coatings that are available to them. It also allows us to show how thick the lenses will look based on a particular combination of prescription and frame choice. Last, but definitely not least, it allows us to take the precise frame and eye measurements to take full advantage of today’s digital lens technologies. This tool thereby allows us to provide superior, more accurate eyewear delivery and ultimately greater patient satisfaction in their visual outcome.