Exceptional Technology Means Outstanding Vision Care
When you’re doing all those quick eye pretests in our office before you see your optometrist, you might not realize just how much incredible information we’re collecting about your vision.
Each piece of technology we use provides us with important data about your eyes, or your child’s eyes, plus key information about eye disease risks. When you book an appointment we’re happy to explain the tests we’re doing.
Here’s an overview of some of our favourite tech at Pierce Family Vision.
Optos Daytona Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging
Your retina is one spot in your body where we can directly see blood vessels, and the Optos Daytona gives us a wide view of those blood vessels.
In a test that takes less than a second, this device shows us a detailed image of your retina, called an optomap. Your optometrist will review the optomap to check for any signs of eye diseases or conditions, many of which can develop without noticeable symptoms. The image can also reveal systemic diseases including hypertension, stroke, or diabetes.
Optos retinal imaging is part of every adult eye exam, and we recommend it every 2 years for children and teens.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan gives us a high-resolution image of the layers of the retina. An OCT scan is an essential step in identifying eye diseases before they cause irreparable vision loss.
You may have your eyes dilated with drops for your OCT scan. Then, you’ll simply rest your chin on our device and focus on the green light inside. The scan takes 5–10 minutes, and nothing touches your eye.
OCT scans are part of every adult eye exam at Pierce Family Vision.
MYAH Myopia Management for Children
The MYAH takes a quick, noninvasive scan of your child’s eyes and tells us the axial length of each eye. The axial length, the length of the eye from front to back, can help us predict what your child’s nearsighted prescription may be in the coming years.
People who are nearsighted are at an increased risk of glaucoma, cataracts, myopic maculopathy, and retinal detachment. MYAH is part of our approach to myopia management so we can lower your child’s risk of future vision loss.
Humphrey Visual Field Testing
Your visual field refers to what you can see while your eyes are focused on a central point. We use Humphrey visual field testing to assess possible peripheral vision loss due to glaucoma or other causes.This test takes about 5–10 minutes, and it’s designed to seem a bit challenging. You’ll sit at the device and look into it one eye at a time. Each time you see a flash, you’ll click a button. It’s OK if you don’t feel like you’re seeing every flash—some are purposely dimmer or brighter than others.
Corneal mapping, or corneal topography, gives us rich data about the unique curves of your corneas.
Spot Vision Screener—Autorefractor
You may know that it’s important for babies to have their first eye exam around 6 months of age. Naturally, we need a different approach to a young baby’s eye exam than we take for older children who can speak and understand directions.
We use an autorefractor to quickly measure refractive errors or eye misalignments that may impact their development and learning in their early months of life.
If your baby’s eye exam yields anything that requires follow-up, we’ll discuss everything in detail with you to make sure you understand the next steps.
High-Tech Gear for Great Vision Care
We’re committed to staying up to date with evolving eye care technology so we can offer the essential tools required to bring you excellent vision care. Our team is always happy to answer your questions about our technology. We look forward to showing you how tech helps examine your eyes at your next appointment. Book yours today.
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Our optometry clinic, located in Waterloo, welcomes patients from all surrounding areas, including Kitchener and Cambridge. We’re across Erb Street from the Waterloo Rec Complex and the new Delta Hotel and Barrel Yards under construction.