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Our Cutting-Edge Equipment Ensures Precise Eye Exams

The early detection of eye disease plays a primary role in managing eye disease to prevent vision loss. Many common ocular diseases remain silent until they progress to a later, more threatening stage. To make sure that eye disease is caught as soon as possible, our eye doctors use the latest, most sophisticated technologies to check your eyes. Call us today to schedule your eye exam in our Laguna Beach optometry practice.

Our office is outfitted with some of the most advanced optometric equipment in the region. For example, we offer:

  • Annidis RHA Digital Retinal Imaging to assess the health of your retina. This non-invasive digital technology snaps a high-resolution picture of your retina, which can be used as a baseline to monitor any changes.
  • Optovue OCT Imaging to evaluate your retina, macula and optic nerve. Our skilled eye doctors will analyze these images to determine your risk for disease, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Non-invasive and painless, this revolutionary exam takes only about 10 minutes to provide a wealth of information about your eye health.
  • Macuscope testing to measure your macular pigment density. This new instrument may help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness around the globe. Low macular protective pigment is a major risk factor for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and the macuscope provides proactive detection of this symptom.

We invite all residents of Laguna Beach and the surrounding California neighborhoods to take advantage of our progressive eye exams and treatments.

  • eye health crisis chart large - eye care Laguna Beach CAAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 1 in 2 people will have an eye disease in their lifetime.
  • 80% of vision loss is due to Acquired Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Glaucoma.
  • >100 Mill in North America are over the age of 50 so it is estimated that 1 in 3 people in North America are at risk for eye disease right now from diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration.

Clearly, Prevention of eye disease by early detection and management is instrumental to preventing blindness.

The doctors of Laguna Eyes Optometry use technology to obtain baseline/wellness images of our patients as well as to detect early disease. With this technology we can interface with our patients in a much more sophisticated way.

Your retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina. Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain. While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy.

Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans

We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.

This is very important in assisting your optometrist in Laguna Beach, CA to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.

The advantages of digital imaging include:

  • Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
  • Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
  • Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
  • Image resolution is extremely high quality
  • Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
  • No patient prep required

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Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.

Why the Annidis RHA™?

The RHA™ is a non-invasive instrument that uses multi-spectral imaging to take images and measurements at key locations within the layers of your eye for specialized retinal imaging. Multi-spectral imaging is akin to taking a set of specific colour pictures and then processing the various colours to identify chemicals or other features. The instrument enables your Laguna Beach eye care professional to assess your eye health by examining the various layers in the back of your eye.

Optovue OCT Imaging

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The Optovue iVue provides us with spectral domain optical coherence tomography of the anterior segment, retina, and optic nerve. This unique technology allows for wellness screenings of the macula for risk of disease and glaucoma with iWellness. It also allows for microscopic assessment of contact lens fit and more extensive diagnostic assessments of corneal, retinal and optic nerve health.

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3D image of retina

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Cross section of non-healthy macula

An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.

A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.

With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.

An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our Laguna Beach eye care center. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.

Corneal Mapping

Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye. Since the cornea is normally responsible for some 70% of the eye’s refractive power, its topography is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision.

The three-dimensional map is therefore a valuable aid to the examining ophthalmologist or optometrist and can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK and evaluation of its results; or in assessing the fit of contact lenses. A development of keratoscopy, corneal topography extends the measurement range from the four points a few millimeters apart that is offered by keratometry to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.

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Visual Field Testing

A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does not involve eye drops but does involve the patient’s ability to understand and follow instructions.

An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead. Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any deficiencies.

OPTOS Retinal Exam

Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.

An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:

  • A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
  • A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
  • A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.

The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.

Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!

For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website.

Other Advanced Technology

Annidis RHA retinal scanning

Macuscope macular pigment density assessment