Ophthalmology was the first specialty to use the laser. Lasers use short bursts of high-energy light to destroy abnormal cells. Originally used to prevent a detached retina, ophthalmic lasers now are used to stop bleeding, cut tiny openings, and evaporate small amounts of tissue. Laser therapy is usually a short in-office procedure.
Fluorescein angiography is a specialized type of photographic eye test that is used to detect blood circulation problems, swelling, leaking, or abnormal blood vessels in the retina and choroid, structures that are located in the back of your eyes. The test uses an injected dye and a special camera to take photos of vascular structures. It is used to diagnose certain eye conditions, including retinopathies and macular degeneration. Fluorescein angiography is a simple and short test that is performed in our office.
Indocyanine green (ICG) angiography is a high-speed photographic eye test that is used to detect blood circulation problems in the choroid. The choroid is a blood vessel layer located under the retina in the back of your eye. ICG can be helpful for gathering in-depth information about bleeding in the back of the eye and the functional status of the eye when standard examination and testing alone cannot isolate the problem. The test uses an injected dye and special cameras to take photos of the blood vessels. ICG is used to diagnose certain eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, or to determine if laser treatment is possible. ICG is a short procedure that is performed in our office.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a new imaging technology that allows for measurement of the thickness of the retina and visualization of the different retinal layers. The retina is located at the back of your eye. OCT takes cross-sectional pictures of the retina. It is a fast non-contact and non-invasive procedure. OCT is used to diagnose certain eye conditions and diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and macular puckers, macular edema, and macular holes.
Fundus photography is a specialized medical imaging test used to take pictures of the structures located at the back of the eye, including the retina. It produces a series of photos that are helpful for diagnosing, documenting, and monitoring certain eye conditions. Fundus photography is a short painless procedure that is performed in our office.
Ultrasound, also referred to as echography, uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the internal eye structures. It is a helpful diagnostic tool if cataracts, blood, or other conditions prevent a doctor from viewing inside of your eye with traditional methods. A-scan and B-scan ultrasound are helpful for diagnosing retinal detachment, vitreous bleeding, tumors, inflammation, lesions in the eye socket bone, or foreign bodies in the eye. A-scan ultrasound is used to take measurements for artificial lenses for cataract surgery. This quick and painless procedure can be performed in our office.
Visual field testing is used to detect visual field loss. Visual field loss may result from disorders or diseases of the eye, optic nerve, or brain. A common method of visual field testing involves having you focus at a point while flashes of light are displayed on a screen. You push a button whenever you see a flash of light and a computer maps a record of your responses. Your doctor can review the results to determine the extent of your visual field.
Also known as floater laser treatment or laser floater removal, laser vitreolysis is a highly effective outpatient-based procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by vitreous strands and opacities, commonly referred to as floaters.
Virtually every individual has experienced or will experience the visual shadows caused by “floaters” during their lifetime. For most, this event is a minor and short-lived inconvenience, but for a select few, it can become a disabling condition. Clinical studies have shown laser vitreolysis to be a highly effective and safe treatment in the majority of patients with symptomatic floaters.