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At Wink Optometry we offer digital retinal imaging services as part of our eye exams. An OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan and fundus photo are taken as part of special testing prior to seeing our optometrist. If required, additional imaging will be performed after the exam if the optometrist (Dr. Natasha Liaw) feels that more testing is required. We include these additional tests as part of our comprehensive eye exams, because we feel that eye health should come first and shouldn’t be compromised.
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OCT: this special testing allows us to scan individual layers of the retina (back of the eye) to check for any pathology that may not be detectable simply by looking at the back of the eye. It helps to diagnose a wide range of ocular complications at an earlier stage that would otherwise not be diagnosed until a later stage. In addition to detection, it is very useful for monitoring change and seeing progress for things that may be healing or to see if treatment is beneficial or not.
Fundus Photos: this is simply a picture of the retina to help aid in monitoring changes that may be occurring with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and many others. It photographs the vital structures in the retina, but is NOT a replacement for dilated fundus examinations as the pictures do not capture the ora serrata (edge of the retina). This tool is great for educating patients as well to show them changes or potential problems.
FAF: fundus auto-fluorescence is additional testing that may be required to diagnose eye disease. The light helps to identify under-functioning or damaged retinal cells based on a protein that is released in the retina. FAF is a great tool for early diagnosis and monitoring disease progression.
The great thing about all the above testing, is that all of it is non-invasive. The only thing patients may find uncomfortable momentarily is the bright lights required to acquire good quality photos (regular flash for fundus photography and blue light for FAF).