Early detection is crucial
Sight threatening diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and others often have no outward signs or symptoms, which is why eye exams, including a thorough retinal evaluation, are important to protect vision. In an effort to provide a more thorough eye exam, we are excited to let you know that during your next visit to EyeSite of The Villages, you will experience the benefits of the latest advancement in primary eyecare – the iWellnessExam™ SD- OCT retinal scan as part of our comprehensive eye exams.
iWellness Exam SD-OCT
The iWellness Exam uses breakthrough technology called spectral domain optical coherence tomography or SD-OCT. Similar to an MRI or CT scan, the iWellness Exam captures high definition cross sectional images of your retina, which is the back of your eye, and allows our doctor to see in unprecedented clarity what may be invisible with traditional examination methods.
Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress without symptoms. In early stages, you may not even notice a change in your vision. But sight threatening conditions and diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and others can be detected with a thorough evaluation of the retina, including the iWellness Exam.
The iWellness Exam is a fast, simple procedure that provides:
A detailed SD-OCT scan report to show a healthy eye or detect very early signs of disease.
A retinal thickness map and ganglion cell complex assessment giving the doctor detailed information simply not available with other methods.
The opportunity for you to view and discuss your iWellness Exam report with him at the time of your exam.
A permanent record for your file, which allows the doctor to compare your iWellness Exam reports each year to look for changes.
As part of your pre-examination work-up, our technician will perform this test which we will review with you during your examination. The results of this exam will become a part of your permanent patient record.
Common eye diseases that can be detected with regular iWellness exams
Glaucoma is a disease in which the nerve fibers suffer damage, permanently impacting vision in the affected eye(s) and progressing to blindness if untreated. It usually develops without obvious symptoms and is called the “sneak thief of sight.” There are 2.29 million American adults with glaucoma, yet 2 million more are estimated to have the disease and do not know it.
(also known as AMD)
Macular Degeneration is an eye disorder that damages the center of the retina (macula), making it difficult to see fine details. It is caused by damage to the area around blood vessels that supply the macula and is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans age 55 and older.