Photos courtesy of Carl Zeiss Canada
At Canmore Family Eyecare, we pride ourselves on having the state-of-the-art in optometric technology. You will notice that your eye exam in our clinic is very different to anything else you have experienced before. As of November 2014, Canmore Family Eyecare has advances in technology that Dr. Jo and Dr. Alanna could previously only dream about! (Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT 5000, OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography). Our OCT has the highest definition available, and is one of the fastest OCTs on the market. By having these tools at their fingertips, Dr. Jo and Dr. Alanna can more thoroughly screen you for being at risk for Glaucoma and Age Related Macular Degeneration, amongst other things.
This machine is extremely advanced at detecting subtle changes in the retina, and can be a great tool for diagnosing any early risk factors, as well as aiding in the diagnosis of other conditions. By having this available in the clinic in Canmore, it will increase the scope of testing that we can perform here, and decrease the number of referrals to Calgary for specialty care. (We will still co-manage these conditions with Ophthalmologists as necessary, but it will save many of our patients trips into Calgary just to have this testing done). This test will be done routinely for all routine adult eye exams, but will also be done as necessary for patients who require it on an ongoing basis. As of the end of October 2014, this testing (outside of a regular full exam, for patients deemed to need it), will be covered by Alberta Health Care.
As always, your regular adult eye examination will include a retinal photograph with our fully-automated DRS camera. This will capture a photograph of your retina, also in high definition, of your optic nerve, macular, arteries and veins in the back of the eye. It is a helpful diagnostic tool for determining the health of the eye, but also can detect changes in blood pressure, blood sugar or diabetic changes, cholesterol problems and other systemic health problems. Our doctors will show you your retinal photograph and explain these health checks to you during your comprehensive eye examination.
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