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Optomap Ultra-Widefield Photography

Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye – the retina, is critical to eye health. Doctors use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye. Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 20% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, (“the periphery”), so examining this area is extremely important.

Because seeing the entire retina is so important at Nuvue Optometry we have invested in the most advanced camera for ultra-widefield photography. In a single, quick shot, this camera produces “optomap” photos of about 82% of the retina. These optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye cameras.

The optomap photo is quick and painless. We are proud to offer this advanced technology to our patients.

Radiofrequency Dry Eye Treatment

Nuvue Optometry is the only Optometry office in the Okanagan to offer Tripollar Radio-frequency (RF). This is the safest and most efficacious version of the technology currently available. RF uses high frequency electromagnetic waves to induce heat within a tissue. RF is the gold-standard in medical aesthetics for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. This technology is new to optometry, but has a good chance of becoming the standard of care for treating dry eye associated with meibomian gland dysfunction. Our Tripollar RF is a very safe and comfortable treatment. The RF waves penetrate 2.5mm into the skin heating up the meibomian glands to 41 degrees Celsius. This is the ideal temperature for melting solidified meibum within the glands and creating collagen. These glands are very important in creating the oil layer of your tear film that prevents the tears from evaporating. Meibomian gland dysfunction is the leading cause of dry eye disease. If you are suffering from dry eye disease, book an assessment with one of our amazing optometrists to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. We will also be using this technology in a few months for ocular aesthetics to treat bags and wrinkles, stay tuned for updates.

iPen Osmolarity Testing

iPen is an accurate and objective test for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease. iPen generates an Osmolarity number, which provides significant information to your Doctor. With its objective, quantitative endpoint, iPen enables your Doctor to monitor your response to treatment. The test is fast, easy, and accurate - requiring only 50-nanoliters of tear for analysis - a sample smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Osmolarity is the accepted gold standard for objectively diagnosing Dry Eye Disease. Essentially, osmolarity gives doctors a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of the eye.

Corneal Topography

Corneal topography is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea. This technology allows for precise contact lens fits, screening for irregular shaped corneas, and improving refraction accuracy for glasses prescriptions. Corneal topography extends the measurement range from the four points a few millimeters apart, that is offered by keratometry, to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. Since the cornea is normally responsible for some 70% of the eye's refractive power, its topography is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision. The three-dimensional map is therefore a valuable aid to the examining optometrist and can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK and evaluation of its results; or in assessing the fit of contact lenses.

Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans

We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina. This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time. The advantages of digital imaging include:

  • Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
  • Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
  • Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
  • Image resolution is extremely high quality
  • Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
  • No patient prep required

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