GDx is a cutting edge technology that detects very early signs of glaucoma damage to the eye. Glaucoma refers to a category of eye disorders often associated with a dangerous buildup of internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP), which can damage the eye's optic nerve that transmits visual information to the brain. With untreated or uncontrolled glaucoma, you might eventually notice decreased ability to see at the edges of your vision (peripheral vision). Progressive glaucoma damage could then lead to blindness. In fact, glaucoma creates at least some vision loss in more than half of the approximately 2.5 million Americans estimated to have the eye disease and is the second leading cause of blindness.
Glaucoma analysis using GDx has been proven to accurately discriminate between healthy and glaucomatous eyes and to be predictive of visual loss. GDx detects damage by using a sophisticated laser to scan the back of your eye and determine if there is thinning of the nerve fibers surrounding your optic nerve. The thinner the nerve fibers, the higher your risk of glaucoma damage and subsequent vision loss.
All of our adult patients are screened with this valuable test.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam is used in our office to get a comprehensive view of the retina (back of the eye). We believe this is the best way to evaluate the health of the inside of your eye. This instrument allows us to detect possible abnormalities or signs of disease, and can provide early diagnosis and treatment. Retinal imaging using Optomap® is an important tool for the screening and diagnosis of eye conditions, such as retinal detachment and age-related macular degeneration, and can also indicate evidence of non-eye diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers. In most instances Optomap® can be used in place of dilating your eyes which allows you to avoid the side effects of dilating drops, which are blurry vision and sensitivity to light for several hours. Your doctor will determine which is the best way to determine your retinal health as your eye exam proceeds.
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