The ophthalmic diagnostic division has the most up to date diagnostic equipment, which is not readily available at many other centers (UBM ultra-sound, Heidelberg Retinal Tomography, Anterior Segment Visante OCT, Preferential Hyperacuity Testing). The use of advanced diagnostics ensures earlier diagnosis and management of your disease. Our advanced diagnostic capabilities include:
The Conlon Eye Institute uses Atlas corneal topography and corneal wavefront analysis to help plan your cataract surgery and choose an implant that will result in the clearest vision. The Atlas Topography Unit helps determine the exact location of the astigmatism of your cornea - both extremely important factors in determining the best way to treat your cataract. In addition, the information obtained from topography helps improve the accuracy of the calculations used to determine the power of the intraocular lens that is inserted into your eye at the time of cataract surgery.
Wavefront measuring devices create a precise map of the cornea creating a very detailed map while recording subtle distortions in your cornea. Using the information from this map we can select the intraocular lens used in your surgery to correct for some of these measured distortions, giving you clearer vision than would be possible with conventional lenses.
Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry
Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry (PHP) maps your macular function in response to a pinpoint target and helps diagnose diabetes, macular degeneration, and other retinal diseases. The goal of the PHP test is to identify which part of the back of your eye (retina and macula) is not seeing as well as other areas. It is a very sensitive screening test which finds disease earlier than eye physicians can see without the screening test. PHP helps screen for blinding diseases such as macular degeneration before your eye surgeon can detect the problem. Ultimately, we can treat you sooner and preserve your vision. For patients with macular degeneration, the PHP is valuable for monitoring the health of your macula prior to and during drug injections.
Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT)
The Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT) is a proven, essential tool for detecting and managing glaucoma and disease of the optic nerve, especially for assisting in the identification of early disease and tracking progression. The Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT) is a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope. A laser light scans the retina in 24-millisecond sequential scans, starting above the retinal surface, then capturing parallel images at increasing depths. The stacks of images can be combined to create a three-dimensional (3-D) topographic image of the retina. Images are aligned and compared using TruTrack™ software for both individual examinations and for detecting change between examinations.
The Visante OCT provides high-resolution corneal images and documentation of the anterior segment of the eye, that allow for precise evaluation a number of conditions including post LASIK flap evaluation, keratoconus, irregular astigmatism, narrow-angle glaucoma, the safety of refractive surgery, complex and complicated cataract surgery planning. In particular, the Visante OCT is invaluable in the planning and management of phakic implants (ICL surgery).
It's Your Choice.
It is your choice to have these tests. Dr. Conlon has recommended you have these tests, but should you decide to decline these tests, the standard of care will continue to be delivered to you and every effort will be made to manage your eye condition in the best manner possible.