We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Here are some of the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.
Clarifye Digital Eye Exam in Annapolis
Introducing CLARIFYE℠: The Old Way Just Got Even Older
Dr. Karen A. Norman & Associates is proud to offer CLARIFYE℠. Eye exam technology has been the same for decades—but not anymore. CLARIFYE℠ is the new digital eye exam that shows you more.
During your exam your optometrist uses advanced, digital equipment to map the unique fingerprint of your eye. The exam is detailed and comprehensive, and every step is personalized just for you. Best of all, its digital precision means less guessing between "which is better, 1 or 2?" No other eye exam is more precise. And it's exclusively at or next to LensCrafters. Call Dr. Karen A. Norman & Associates today to schedule an appointment.
What CLARIFYE℠ Means To Patients:
• Patients receive super-precise digital measurements for their prescription for optimal vision
• Gives your optometrist an overall view of your visual system
• Provides a complete digital analysis for patients with night vision challenges
CLARIFYE℠ Is Available Only At LensCrafters
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.
This is very important in assisting your Lenscrafters optometrist in Annapolis to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
The advantages of digital imaging include:
- Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
- Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
- Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
- Image resolution is extremely high quality
- Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
- No patient prep required
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our Lenscrafters eye care center. Feel free to contact Dr. Karen A. Norman & Associates to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does not involve eye drops but does involve the patient's ability to understand and follow instructions.
An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead. Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any deficiencies.
Optos Daytona Optomap OCT
We are proud to introduce the latest cutting-edge technology in retinal imaging, the Optos Daytona Optomap OCT. This amazing device allows your eye doctor to see retinal, optic nerve and cornea structures not visible through regular exam methods by using light to provide a high-resolution scan meant to pick up early signs of structural change or disease.
Your eye doctor will see even the smallest changes in the retina and optic nerve with greater accuracy, and much higher definition, making early and accurate detection of common sight-threatening eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, easier than ever before. While traditional imaging technologies are usually able to scan around 15% of your retina at a time, The OPTOS Optomap is able to scan in a stunningly large 200-degree arc, capturing about 80% of your retina in one panoramic scan. This allows for a wider and more accurate view of the retina than with less advanced scans.
This scan will provide you and your eye doctor with an extremely detailed picture of your eye that will act as a valuable roadmap of your overall eye health. The high-resolution images produced by the Optos Daytona Optomap OCT provide a personal benchmark for each person's ocular health and helps detect sudden changes through the years, and since the images show up automatically on a computer monitor, you are able to see for yourself everything the doctor is telling you about your eye health, allowing you to take an active role in preserving your valuable sense of sight.
The patient experience is also fast, easy and painless. Nothing touches your eye at any time and it is suitable for the whole family, from youngest to oldest. The exam consists of taking a brief look into the device one eye at a time. You will see a comfortable flash of light, which lets you know the image of your retina has been taken, and you're done!