A common misconception today is that you see with your eyes. This is only part of the story. While your eyes do actually receive information, the process of converting that information to vision takes place in the brain. The Diopsys measures the strength and speed of electrical impulses that travel along the connection between the eyes and the brain. The test is simple, non-invasive, and gives your doctors very specific information that can help diagnose and monitor eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and amblyopia.
The Fundus Camera at Young Vision Care has the ability to capture a high definition photograph of your retina, optic nerve, and other important eye structures. The doctors can then use these photos to keep track of eye disease development and onset, including diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. A helpful feature of the Fundus Camera is the ability to compare any previous photo with another, making side by side comparison very easy.
The Macular Pigment Optical Density test, or MPOD, is a useful tool in measuring your eye’s resistance to harmful blue light. Recent findings suggest that blue light, which is emitted from phones screens, TVs, and even sunlight, can cause damage to your eyes after prolonged exposure. If your score on the MPOD is low, you could be at higher risk for developing macular degeneration. Lower pigment scores have also been suggested as being a cause of increased glare and visual discomfort while using electronic devices. At Young Vision Care, this test is included as part of the patient’s initial testing, allowing for your doctor to review and offer suggestions to improve this score at later visits.
The Optical Coherence Tomograph, or OCT, allows the doctors at Young Vision Care to very precisely measure the optic nerve, macula, and retina. The OCT is able to take up to 70,000 scans in a single second, giving very high quality, detailed images that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many eye disorders such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and many other retinal conditions.
The Ocular Response Analyzer, or ORA, is the newest, cutting edge technology offered at Young Vision Care. The ORA uses air to determine the cornea’s hysteresis value. The cornea’s reaction to the air reflects the eye’s ability to absorb energy. A high hysteresis value means that the eye has a greater ability to protect the optic nerve from elevated eye pressure in conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension.