Eye on break­through eye care tech­nol­ogy

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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.

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