The Washington Post (3/6, Thigpen) reports that according to studies, a specific freckle found in the back of the eye called CHRPE (congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium) “has a ‘statistically significant’ correlation with hereditary colon polyps known as familial adenomatous polyposis, or FAP.” The article quotes retina expert Neal Adams, who said, “When we look in back of the eye at the retina, we can find signs that may help us identify many disorders — common ones like high blood pressure and diabetes, rare genetic disorders and even life-threatening cancers.”
Fine Eyewear and Eyecare optometrists provides advanced vision care to the families of Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Round Rock and surrounding communities. To read more about our advanced eye exam instrumentation, including retinal imaging visit our main website.
MedPage Today (6/7, Gever) reported, “A common retinal imaging technology could eventually supplement or even replace MRI for tracking multiple sclerosis (MS) severity and progression.” MedPage Today added, “In analyses presented at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, distinctive changes to the optic nerve were seen in MS patients imaged with optical coherence tomography (OCT) that correlated with MRI-based markers of disease activity.” And, “with additional studies, OCT may prove to be a better tool than MRI for directly measuring the effects of MS in the nervous system, several researchers said.”
This is an example of why a true, comprehensive eye exam is so much more than just getting your prescription. F.E.
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The UK’s Daily Mail (2/18) reported that “a routine eye test revealed” Kirsty Old, age 22, “had a rare brain blood clot that could kill her at any time.” The young woman “only discovered she had the one-in-a-million blockage when she visited her family opticians.” There, “a £16,000 retinal imaging camera…took a high-magnification picture of the back of the eye and showed the swelling on her brain.” After the patient was taken to the hospital, magnetic resonance imaging revealed a blood clot that “could have caused a stroke, severe bleeding, blindness, or even” death.
Our office offers High Resolution Retinal Photography, which uses a computer-integrated digital imaging system to record a detailed view of the retina. Since nothing touches the eye, photo-documentation is painless. This digital image provides an excellent reference point for future comparisons.
Retinal photography assists in the detection and management of problems such as diabetic changes, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, and retinal holes or thinning.
We recommend that all our patients receive this test. It is especially important for people with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, retinal diseases, flashing lights, floaters, headaches, or a strong glasses prescription.
Because retinal (fundus) photography is a highly specialized form of medical imaging, it can’t be done with an ordinary camera. It requires a customized camera that is mounted to a microscope with intricate lenses and mirrors. These high-powered lenses are designed so the photographer can visualize the back of the eye by focusing light through the cornea, pupil and lens.
Before beginning, the pupil is dilated with drops. Otherwise, it would automatically constrict from the bright light of the camera flash. The patient is asked to stare at a fixation device so the eyes are still. While the photographer is taking the pictures, the patient will see a series of bright flashes. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes.
Optical coherence tomography imaging provides real-time information about eye structure.
Iowa’s Spencer Daily Reporter (11/13, Todd) reports that “optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging method which uses light to scan an eye’s retina and optic disc” to provide “detailed, real-time information about the structure of an eye” through “a non-invasive, non-contact optical biopsy of the retina.” These scans, “which may be performed on undilated pupils,” can assist in the “diagnosis and management” of “cystoid macular edema, central serous retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, macular holes, and glaucoma.”