At Nuvue Optometry Kelowna we strive to provide out patients with the most advanced technology in BC. We are excited to announce that we have added some new pieces of technology to our office! Our technology allows us to provide Kelowna with the highest standard of optometric care possible.
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 in my opinion, it will become 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.
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.