We are constantly updating our clinical skills at Aves as well as investing in the latest technology to examine your eyes. We offer 3D OCT retinal scans, enabling us to see what’s going on within the retina in order to pick up eye disease at any early stage. Our dry eye clinic offers specialist advice on how best to manage ocular surface disease. Colorimetry assesses the use of coloured filters to help in cases of reading difficulty and visual stress.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – 3D retinal scans
Until fairly recently, we have been able to examine your eyes using a variety of instruments, all of which show us what is going on at the surface of the retina. This has enabled us to detect and diagnose a wide variety of eye conditions such as glaucoma, age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, to name but a few. OCT is an amazing new piece of technology which allows us to go one step further. In a few seconds, the OCT safely and painlessly scans the back of the eye, providing a 3D view through and beneath the retina. The information provided by OCT scans enables us to detect and diagnose a wide variety of eye conditions at the very earliest stage.
So who should have OCT?
We recommend that anyone with specific concerns about glaucoma, AMD or diabetic retinopathy has an OCT scan at each visit for an eye examination. We will advise you whether that should be every year or every two years depending on your individual risk factors or concerns.
An OCT is also useful for early detection of ocular signs in many systemic health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, raised blood pressure and cancer.
To get a complete picture of the health of your eyes, we recommend an OCT scan for all adults, particularly anyone over 40 years old, as increasing age is a significant risk factor for both glaucoma and AMD.
Dry Eye Assessment and Therapy
Many people are troubled by the effects of dry eyes, particularly as they get older. Symptoms can range from mild irritation in certain dry or air conditioned atmospheres to persistent and debilitating soreness and blurred vision. The causes of dry eye are various. Sometimes there can simply be a lack of tears produced while in other cases it may be a problem in the quality of tears and possibly associated eyelid disease.
At Aves in Epping, we are able to carry out a full assessment of the tears and eyelids to determine the nature of any problem and to advise on the most suitable treatment.
In some cases where there is substantial tears deficiency, we can use punctum plugs to reduce the drainage of tears from the eye and so enhance the effectiveness of the patients’ natural tears. If our examination indicates that this may be an effective technique, temporary collagen plugs are used in the first instance. These dissolve over the course of about two weeks. If they prove effective at reducing symptoms during this time, then permanent silicone plugs may be fitted.
Colorimetry and eye tracking
Aves has been involved in this area of optometry which investigates the use of coloured filters to aid reading and associated near vision tasks for many years. Some people who struggle with their reading and/or writing may suffer from visual stress and it is these individuals who may benefit from the use of colour. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty, associated particularly with reading and spelling. Many people with dyslexia suffer from visual stress. Visual stress is NOT the same as dyslexia but is more common in those who are dyslexic. Visual stress can also occur in people who are not dyslexic.
Research has shown that the use of colour can greatly improve visual comfort in people with visual stress. Other groups of people who may benefit from the use of coloured filters include those with reading difficulties, dyspraxia, certain learning difficulties, epilepsy and migraine sufferers.
Eye tracking is often affected in cases of visual stress, along with some binocular problems. Until now, there hasn’t been a way to measure eye tracking in a clinical set up. However, Aves have just invested in a brand new computerised eye tracking system. This enables us to measure how well the eyes follow text when reading, giving us a repeatable measure with which to compare when using a coloured to read.
For more information on colorimetry and eye tracking, please see our children’s eyecare section.
What is Ortho K?
Ortho K offers a new dawn for vision correction, clear, comfortable vision without the need to wear contact lenses at all during the day. No more restrictions on how long you wear your lenses, no more irritation in dry, smoky environments or at the end of a long day. Simply by wearing specially designed contact lenses overnight, you can achieve perfect vision without contact lenses all day long. Ortho K provides a safe, non-permanent alternative to laser refractive surgery.
For more information on Ortho K, please see our contact lens section.