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Optometric Instruments

We are constantly investing in new state-of-the-art technology in order to provide the best quality eye health care to our patients. Some of our most recently acquired instruments are the Optos Optomap Retinal Screener, the Medmont Corneal Topographer, and the Ophthonix Z-View Aberrometer.


Optos Optomap Retinal Screener

Glaucoma is an eye disease commonly referred to as the thief of sight because it often attacks without warnings or symptoms. Glaucoma refers to a family of eye diseases where fluid in the eye builds up enough pressure to damage the nerve fibers in the retina resulting in irreversible loss of vision. In some cases this can lead to total blindness if undetected and untreated. There is no cure for glaucoma and no way to reverse the damage inflicted by this disease. However, if detected and treated in its early stages blindness can almost always be prevented.

Recent developments in technology, such as Optomap® and GDx VCC screening, allow doctors to capture and examine high-resolution images of a patient's retina enabling them to detect nerve fiber damage before pressure builds up and symptoms appear. If caught in its early stages, treatment can often prevent vision loss

The Optomap® Retinal Exam is a simple procedure. In less than a second with one click of a button, this instrument non-invasively generates a high-resolution, digital, color image of your retina. This image becomes a part of your permanent medical record and enables us to enhance the digital image to see more of your retina, measure aspects of your eye and magnify some of the finer details. We can also track changes in your eye over time by comparing each year's Optomap® to images taken in previous years. Also, if an anomaly is detected in your retina, we can send these images electronically to other specialist in necessary. This procedure also eliminates the need for eye dilation. Some patients choose Optomap® screening for this reason alone.

Adler Eye Associates highly recommends Optomap® and GDx VCC screening exams as part of your annual eye exam for the early detection of retinal problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes or detachments and diabetic retinopathy (all which can lead to partial loss of vision or blindness if undetected and untreated).

Optomap® and GDx VCC screening exams are optional procedures and are not covered by insurance providers. For more information about our Optomap® and GDx VCC screening including pricing information, please read our Optomap® and GDx VCC screening form.

We also encourage you to visit the Optos Optomap® web site. This site is intended to further educate the patient on Optomap® screening including a nice video featured on the syndicated daytime talk show "The Doctors".


Ophthonix Z-View Aberrometer

The Opthtonix Z-View Aberrometer is the world's only binocular wavefront aberrometer. In less than a minute, this instrument quickly and accurately scans the cornea and produces a highly accurate iPrint&trade of the eye, which can then be used to build a custom iZon High-Resolution Eyeglass Lenses for the patient.













Zeiss GDx VCC Retinal Scanner

Glaucoma is an eye disease commonly referred to as the thief of sight because it often attacks without warnings or symptoms. Glaucoma refers to a family of eye diseases where fluid in the eye builds up enough pressure to damage the nerve fibers in the retina resulting in irreversible loss of vision. In some cases this can lead to total blindness if undetected and untreated. There is no cure for glaucoma and no way to reverse the damage inflicted by this disease. However, if detected and treated in its early stages blindness can almost always be prevented.

Recent developments in technology, such as Optomap® and GDx VCC screening, allow doctors to capture and examine high-resolution images of a patient's retina enabling them to detect nerve fiber damage before pressure builds up and symptoms appear. If caught in its early stages, treatment can often prevent vision loss


The Zeiss GDx VCC (Glaucoma Detection with Variable Corneal Compensation) retinal scanner a optometric diagnostic instrument that performs a non-obtrusive retinal scan that measures the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) without dilation. A change in the thickness of this nerve layer is an early risk factor for glaucoma.

Adler Eye Associates highly recommends Optomap® and GDx VCC screening exams as part of your annual eye exam for the early detection of retinal problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes or detachments and diabetic retinopathy (all which can lead to partial loss of vision or blindness if undetected and untreated).

Optomap® and GDx VCC screening exams are optional procedures and are not covered by insurance providers. For more information about our Optomap® and GDx VCC screening including pricing information, please read our Optomap® and GDx VCC screening form.

We also encourage you to visit the Optos Optomap® web site. This site is intended to further educate the patient on Optomap® screening including a nice video featured on the syndicated daytime talk show "The Doctors".


Medmont Corneal Topographer

The Medmont E300 Corneal Topographer is the latest addition to our collection of state of the art optical diagnostic instruments. This is an imaging instrument that generates a 3-D topographical map of the patient's eye enabling our doctors to see minute corneal irregularities. This corneal topographic information has several optometric applications.

To begin with, our optometrist can use this information to design custom contact lenses for an optimal fit. This is especially useful for fitting patients with special corneal conditions (like Keratoconus).

We also use this instrument as part of our Lasik Consultation exams. This detailed map of the patient's eye allows us to better advise our patients as to whether or not they are good candidates for Lasik Surgery.

The topographer is instrumental in monitoring progress for our Orthokeralogy patients. By analyzing the corneal maps, our doctors can track the cornea reshaping progress from the Orthokeralogy procedure.



Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer

The retina is the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that converts light waves into neurological signals, which are then transmitted to the brain. The retina is comprised of many light sensitive cells that allow the healthy eye to see objects around the point that we are focusing on. This ability to see things off to the side of objects we are looking directly at is referred to as the visual of field. If an area of the retina, or the optical nerves associated with a specific region of the retina, are damaged or not functioning correctly, we may have "blind spots" or diminished vision in certain areas of our peripheral vision. The purpose of the visual field test is to determine if a patient has areas of diminished peripheral vision and if so, to what extent. The Humphrey Visual Field analyzer performs a thorough non-intrusive evaluation of the patient's visual field to determine if patient has any visual field problems. Visual field testing provides information critical to the diagnosing and monitoring of neurological and ocular diseases, such as glaucoma.


Briot Patternless Edger

Prescription lenses come in large round generic shapes. In order to fit the lens into a frame, the lens must be cut or edged to the exact measurements of the frame. This is where the Briot Patternless Edger comes in. This instrument precisely measures the frame and then cuts or edges the lenses to fit the frame. Because lens edging is done in house, our turn around time is very quick. In some cases, we can provide same day service.