Eye on breakthrough eye care technology
Visique Naylor Palmer Optometrists are embracing advanced technology. An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (OCT) is a revolutionary imaging technique in eye care.
Visique Naylor Palmer Optometrist Richard Palmer said: ‘‘If I was told years ago that I would be using sophisticated 3D imaging of the eye in the future, I would have laughed at the idea. It is a real breakthrough to be able to see what is happening beneath the surface of the eye.’’
The OCT scan provides accurate images, assisting in the early detection and treatment of serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and corneal disease.
This advanced eye health check is safe and doesn’t touch the eye. Optometrists focus on the future of a person’s vision factoring in family history, lifestyle, personal health and environmental conditions. An OCT scan can map out and measure internal eye structures as well as track changes over time.
This additional screening provides added peace of mind that comes from knowing that your eyes are in great condition to capture life’s special moments.
Visique Naylor Palmer Optometrist Cherie Southall says these days optometrists are at the front line for primary eye care. She is excited to be using such hightech optometry equipment within the practice.
‘‘Eyes are precious and seeing well is part of living well.’’
Some eye conditions show no symptoms in their early stages, perceiving that vision is normal. Many eye conditions that cause blindness are preventable or treatable if detected early.
In New Zealand, it is estimated that 20 per cent of those registered blind are from preventable causes. Around 68, 000 New Zealanders over the age of 40 have glaucoma, however, half this number do not realise they have the disease.
They may recommend an OCT scan if you are experiencing any of the following, Cover each eye and check -Dim or distorted vision, especially while reading or concentrating on an object.
-Straight lines appearing wavy or bent.
-Gradual changes in your central vision.
-Blank spots in your peripheral or central vision e.g. difficulty seeing faces. OR If you are over 40 years old OR have a family history of eye problems.
Contact Visique Naylor Palmer Optometrists to inquire about an OCT scan at your next eye examination.
They believe eye health is the foundation of vision care. They’ll help you see your best over your lifetime and find eyewear that looks and feels great.
Visique Naylor Palmer carries an extensive range of stylish and high fashion frames and contact lenses for every budget and have served Manawatu families for more than 60 years. Visique Naylor Palmer Optometrists recommend an eye examination every two years or at least annually for those with higher risk factors.
A child can have his or her first comprehensive eye examination between the ages of 3 and 5.
Visique Naylor Palmer Optometrist Cherie Southall, right, shows the Cannon OCT scan to a patient.