As our team here at the Internet Glasses Company are eye care professionals who all work in practice, so rest assured that we do more than just help out our virtual clients online and play patience on the computer all day! We test eyes and talk to real patients as well as looking after you lot. In practice, new technology is giving us Opticians new equipment to play with, and therefore new means of looking after you in the consulting room. The buzz words of the past few years have been retinal imaging, with 2D and now 3D imaging systems allowing us to go where no optician has been before. If you’ve been offered it in your local practice, you might appreciate a bit of extra information as to what this fascinating new technology can do for you.
In the past, we looked at the retina by peering into your eye and scanning around with a hand held, illuminated instrument called an Ophthalmoscope. The retina is the light sensitive layer that lines the eyeball, and it’s responsible for relaying the image of what you see to the brain. There are several eye health issues that can affect the retina, so close examination, detection of early signs of disease, and possible treatment are really important. Using the Ophthalmoscope relies on your optician being skilled and experienced, and of course they cannot easily record what they have seen. New imaging systems allow us to study the whole area in minute detail, and we can then consult with colleagues, mail images to consultants, and store them for future comparison.
The capabilities of the different systems vary, but generally 2D images are a photograph that we can zoom in and out of, to study specific areas of interest. 3D are more like a mini MRI, allowing us to examine the layers of the retina, cutting through the image to examine each area in minute detail. This means we can spot the very earliest signs of disease, and suggest treatment. These tests usually incur a private fee, so do check that the optician has experience with their chosen system, and will analyze the images with you.