Because of the size and reputation of the Vision Source network, manufacturers look to Vision Source members, such as Paradise Canyon Eye Care, to first introduce new instruments and diagnostic equipment. Therefore, Vision Source member offices are on the leading edge of technology in eye health care and are able to offer the most advanced vision care available.
Besides having photographic and retinal scanning technology used to help diagnose and monitor eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration (AMD), Dr. Fife offers genetic testing for macular degeneration and recommends appropriate macular and eye health supplements.
Digital Retinal Camera
We have the means to take photographs of the internal structures of the eye with our Cannon CR1 Digital Retinal Camera. Because of this technology, we are able to diagnose the onset of eye diseases such as macular degeneration much earlier resulting in reduced risk of significant vision loss when monitored appropriately.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Another instrument we’ve invested in for our patients’ eye health needs is the Optical Coherence tomography (OCT), which is a noninvasive, noncontact method of imaging the layers of the macula (the area of the retina that is responsible for detailed vision) and the nerve fiber layer around the optic nerve. (The nerve fiber layer is responsible for sending the visual signal from the photoreptors to the optic nerve which then exits out the back of the eye.)
This allows us to more easily diagnose and monitor diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other sight threatening diseases.
Marco Autorefractor/Keratometer & the Zeiss Humphrey Matrix
Our routine diagnostic instruments include the Marco Autorefractor/Keratometer, the Zeiss Humphrey Matrix and the iCare tonometer. Each of these instruments play an important role in the care of each patient. The autorefractor/Keratometer, for instance, provides information regarding the curvature of the cornea (great for assisting Dr. Fife in determining which contact lens will best fit the cornea) and it gives Dr. Fife a great starting point to help determine the final eyeglass prescription.
The Humphrey Matrix is an instrument that assesses the ability of an individual to perceive their visual surroundings. We use it to screen for glaucoma as well as perform more thorough and detailed visual field threshold assessments when diagnosing and monitoring for glaucoma progression.
Glaucoma, of course, is a group of eye diseases that requires more than one instrument to adequately diagnose it. The most common type of glaucoma occurs because the internal eye pressure is too high which causes damage to the optic nerve. Therefore, it is important to measure the pressure of each eye. The most common way to check the eye pressure is to ‘puff’ the eye with air.
Have you ever felt anxious when the ‘Air Puff’ test was performed on you?
Most people do. People don’t like this test due to the anxiety it produces. From the time we opened our office we have gone a different direction and use the iCare Tonometer which is gentler and kinder in assessing the pressure of the eye and doesn’t “puff” the eye with air. It’s so gentle, most people don’t even notice it although a few will comment about how they feel they need to blink. Most people prefer this method and thank us for this thoughtful difference in exam experience.