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March is Save Your Vision Month: Here are 2 Tests that can do just that.

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What is the best way to save your vision?  Make sure you get your eye examination at least once a year as a preventative measure against vision loss.  You may think that getting an eye exam is simply reading letters on a chart, but an eye examination involves much more including:  taking a thorough history, collecting data through diagnostic testing, measuring your prescription, and checking the health of the eyes.  The more information and testing that is done on your eyes,  the better care that can be provided.  The two technologies that we offer to prevent and detect early signs of eye disease is the Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging and the OCT I-Wellness exam.   

Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging

The retina is the back layer of the eye that absorbs light.  It is the only area in your body that your blood vessels can be seen directly.  The Optomap can image 80% of your retina without dilating your eyes and can detect diseases early such as eye cancers, early stroke, and vascular diseases (i.e diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol).  This can lead to early intervention and treatment to prevent loss. The Optomap retinal images can be saved for future comparison to monitor changes over time.  

OCT I-Wellness Exam

While the Optomap allows doctors to see the retina, the I-Wellness Exams is a state-of-the-art technology that allows eye doctors to see in-detail, the individual layers beneath the retina.  This technology uses a non-toxic, infrared laser to image the individual layers of the retina. Think of this exam like a CT scan of the eye.  

I-Wellness Exam can detect early signs of the following conditions:

  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration 

The scans can be saved and your doctor can compare them to monitor changes overtime.  If you have a family history of these conditions, it is a good idea to start testing your eyes with this technology. It is never to early to start taking preventative steps against vision loss. Below are brief videos that contain more information on how the Optomap and OCT iWellness exam work.  If you have any questions or have any of these visual conditions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Written by Dr. Michael Duong

Dr. Duong received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at San Jose State University. He then attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry and received his Doctor of Optometry in 2009.
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