PRIMARY  EYE  CARE  includes a comprehensive vision and eye health examination.   This examination is designed to detect a wide range of problems affecting vision function, such as blurred vision or eye discomfort.

Evaluations for eye health disorders are also performed. The American Optometric Association recommends that all people should have a periodic, comprehensive eye examination every one to two years depending on one’s particular needs.

Here at our office we incorporate computerized technology to assist the evaluation of spectacle prescriptions, peripheral vision, and eye health. Computerized examination instruments are used to supplement rather than replace personalized care. Examinations include tests for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and the ocular effects of many general health disorders such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as effects of medications. A dilated pupil examination allows us to provide the best assessment of eye health.  It is recommended for all new patients and on a scheduled basis thereafter.

At Okaloosa Eye Care, we also strive to keep up to date with the latest technology.  Here is an example of some of the computerized technology that we have to help ensure quality care.

Auto-Refractor

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Auto-Refractor

An auto-refractor or automated refractor is a computer-controlled machine used during an eye examination to provide an objective measurement of a person’s refractive error and prescription for glasses or contact lenses. This is achieved by measuring how light is changed as it enters a person’s eye.


Optical coherence tomography (OCT)  

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OCT

Optical coherence tomography, or OCT, is a relatively new technology.  This non-invasive device works similarly to an ultrasound; however, it uses reflected light instead of sound to construct an image.  Using this device, we are able to view cross-sectional images of the optic nerve and retina, the back lining of the eye.  This instrument is very useful in detecting and managing glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and numerous other retinal conditions.


Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer

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Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer

The Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer allows us to obtain a detailed report of a patient’s visual field.  While we typically measure central vision by measuring visual acuity, the vision measurement using an eye chart, the visual field test allows us to measure a patient’s entire scope of vision, including both the central and peripheral field of vision.  Many conditions will affect a patient’s peripheral vision and be detectable on the visual field prior to affecting a patient’s central vision.  This test is useful in diagnosing and managing glaucoma, optic nerve inflammation and disease, and hereditary retinal conditions, as well as monitoring for vision loss in patients taking high risk medications or with droopy eyelids blocking the superior field of vision.  In addition, the visual field test is beneficial for detecting neurological conditions, such as tumors or strokes, that can often interfere with the visual pathway within the brain.


 

Fundus Camera and Optomap Retinal Camera 

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Optomap Retinal Camera

At Okaloosa Eye Care, we actually have two retinal cameras in order to allow us to better follow our patients for various eye conditions and pathologies.  Our retinal fundus camera allows us to take detailed pictures of the inner portion of the eye, consisting of the optic nerve, macula, and retina, to help us monitor glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and several other eye diseases.  The Optomap Retinal Camera allows us a wider view of the retina, enabling more peripheral issues to be seen, including, but not limited to, retinal tears or detachments, choroidal nevi (freckles within the eye), choroidal melanoma (cancer within the eye), and retinal bleeding, which could be indicative of diabetes, high blood pressure, carotid artery obstruction, or numerous other systemic vascular conditions.