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Our Advanced Technology Leads the Way for Advanced Eye Care Services

Our entire optometric team is committed to keeping pace with the rapid progress of medical technology. The Family Optometric Group office in Oxnard, CA, is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to ensure accurate eye exams and cutting-edge treatment. With over 25 years providing expert eye care services to our patients in Ventura County, we ensure a quality experience for all members of your family.

When you reserve an appointment with our eye doctors, Dr. Thomas Holden and Dr. Lisa Knapp, a range of progressive diagnostic equipment will be used to inspect your eyes and vision. Read more for a basic introduction to the beneficial, modern technology in our Oxnard clinic:

Corneal Topography Mapping

As the outermost structure of your eye, the cornea is responsible for about 70% oDSC_7556f your eye’s refractive power. Also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, the corneal mapping is a non-invasive imaging technique that creates a 3D depiction of the cornea’s surface. A great deal of important information about your quality of vision can be learned from this image. Dr. Holden and Dr. Knapp will evaluate your corneal map to inspect for signs of many different eye conditions. Corneal mapping is also very helpful when planning LASIK and other refractive surgeries, or for assessing the healthy fit of contact lenses. Completed within a matter of seconds, the corneal mapping is fast and painless.

Digital Retinal Imaging

Many eye diseases and visual conditions can be treated efficiently and effectively when diagnosed early on. Digital imaging is a first-rate method for examining ocular health to detect early signs of abnormalities.

The advantages of this technology include:

  • Procedure is quick, non-invasive and painless
  • No patient prep required
  • High-resolution results are instant
  • Very detailed images of the eyes’ sub-surface and retina are generated
  • Totally safe, using near-infrared light

Used as an integral part of a comprehensive eye exam in Oxnard, our eye doctors will shoot a high-resolution image of your retinal tissues and optic nerve. This picture will be stored in your records and used as a baseline for the health of your eyes. By comparing this baseline image to pictures taken at future exams, we will be able to pick up on any small changes that may occur. Digital Retinal Imaging is therefore extremely helpful for following the gradual progression of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT Scans)

Using light waves, an OCT creates high-resolution images of the tissues and structural layers of your inner eye. Color-coded and cross-sectional pictures will be analyzed thoroughly by our optometrists to inspect for early signs of retinal detachment or eye disease, such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

OCT scans are done with radiation-free light, and the entire non-invasive procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.

Visual Field Testing

The total vision includes a clear view of what’s in front of you and on both sides. Using Visual Field Testing, we’ll evaluate your peripheral vision to check for any blind spots (scotomas) or vision loss.

During this test, which is done without insertion of any eye drops, our eye doctor will instruct you to fix your gaze upon an object before you. You’ll then need to cover one eye and describe what you see on the edges of your vision. Specialized equipment that may be used includes a cupped chin rest for you to place your head. Dim and bright flashing lights will then be turned on and off, and you’ll be asked to press a button whenever you see these lights.

The whole exam takes about 15-45 minutes, during which each eye is assessed independently. At the end of the testing, our advanced machinery for visual field testing will plot a computerized map of your full visual field, which our eye doctors will then scrutinize for any weak areas or problems.

Optos Retinal Exam

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The optomap Retinal Exam is a highly precise way to detect ocular disease very early before any symptoms appear. Retinas are all different, and this exam will provide us with a detailed, comprehensive view of the back of your eye. We’ll inspect carefully for retinal tears, indications of retinal detachment, or macular degeneration. Additionally, overall health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension can be monitored with an Optos Retinal Exam.

Performed within seconds, the optomap scan is comfortable for patients of all ages. You’ll need to look into the device and a non-bothersome flash of light will be your only indication that the image was taken; each eye is photographed separately. Transmitted instantly to our screen, we’ll review the picture together.