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Eye Exams At Our Kempsey Practice


OCT - Optical Coherence Tomography

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) takes a detailed 3D scan below the surface of your retina, which provides our optometrists with a detailed picture of your eye health.
The OCT is one of few devices which reveals in-depth images of the eye’s internal structures. This device is a diagnostic aid for serious eye diseases such as glaucoma, macula holes, age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and also aids our optometrists in monitoring such eye diseases.

As we age, our retinas may change and produce no physical symptoms that are visible on the surface, the OCT detects any early signs that aid in early prevention.
Because the very early signs of some diseases may show up in this exam, it is advised to consult either Ben or Naomi if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Blurred or “fuzzy” vision
  • Straight lines, such as sentences on a page, appearing wavy or distorted
  • Blurry areas on a printed page
  • Difficulty reading or seeing details in low light levels
  • Extra sensitivity to glare
Eidon Af Ombra

Eidon - Retinal Imaging Camera

Retinal Imaging uses a digital camera to take pictures of the back of your eye and can alert Ben and Naomi to the early signs of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and the early detection of glaucoma in much greater detail than previously. It includes taking an image of the retina (senses light and sends images to your brain), the optic disc (a spot on the retina that holds the optic nerve and sends information to the brain), and blood vessels.

The images are used to check for abnormalities and saved in your medical record for future comparisons.
The EIDON camera uses a true colour confocal scanner. It can take a 60 degree image in a single exposure, but can provide a much larger view with additional functionality, combining up to seven different images for a view of up to 170 degrees.


Visual Field Testing

Many ocular and brain disorders can result in peripheral vision loss and other visual field abnormalities. The visual field test is a subjective measure of central and peripheral vision.
Visual field testing aids in detecting and monitoring blind spots and other visual field defects such as diseases of the retina, optic neuropathy, brain tumors and strokes.

It assists in evaluating the size and shape of blind spots and the severity of diseases of the eye, optic nerve and visual structures in the brain such as optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma.
During your eye examination, Ben or Naomi may recommend visual field testing to assess the full horizontal and vertical range and sensitivity of your vision. These visual field test results can then be used to assess potential changes in your visual field in the future.


Corneal Topographer

Topography is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye.

It can detect subtle irregularities to the ocular surface, which is an excellent tool for the detection of dry eye.