Optical Coherence Tomography
Judi’s practice currently has a Nidek OCT machine. Feel free to ask any questions about this test during your bulk-billed eye examination.
How it works
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging method, which produces high-resolution 3D images of tissue. It is through the use of OCT that physicians today routinely diagnose macular diseases such as neovascularization, diabetes, and age-related macular degeneration.
The OCT is very easy to use. A patient sits down, puts his or her face next to a camera, looks at a green light for 2 seconds and then the test is over. The scanner is so sophisticated that you don’t have to worry about blinking, because it takes care of eye alignment itself. After your OCT examination, Judi will discuss the results with you as well as answer any questions you may have.
Visual Field Testing
Judi’s practice was the first in Queensland to receive the gold standard of visual field testing equipment – the Carl Zeiss Humphrey Field Analyser 3. Yes, the best just got better.
How it works
Visual field testing (also known as computerised or automated perimetry examination) provides Judi with specific information on the status of your vision, in particular, the parts of your peripheral vision that you may not be aware of. The test takes less than 15 minutes, is totally painless and is bulk billed to Medicare. Judi will take a few minutes after testing to discuss the results with you and if relevant, compare with previous results.
How it benefits you
Visual field testing is paramount in in the diagnosis and management of ocular health conditions associated with the brain including tumours, strokes and more commonly, glaucoma.
There are currently over 300 000 Australians with undiagnosed glaucoma which has few symptoms and can lead to blindness if left undetected. Nerve fibres are progressively destroyed by this condition, eventually causing permanent loss of sight. There is no cure for glaucoma and damage is permanent, making early detection and treatment essential.
Do you need testing?
Visual field analysis’ are recommended if a patient shows decreased sensitivity on the screening test, have high intraocular pressures or report a history of strokes or brain trauma.
Judi uses the revolutionary iCare tonometer for quick and easy intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement without the need for anaesthesia or air. The iCare tonometer is based on an accurate measuring principle where a very light probe is used to make momentary and gentle contact with the cornea. This device not only makes taking IOP measurements a more pleasant experience for all patients, it has been a breakthrough in terms of mobility for Judi when she visits patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
At Judi Coey Optometry, our aim is to deliver the highest standard of personalised eye care to our patients.