Thank you for trusting Guthrie Optometry for your comprehensive eye examination. We are committed to providing you with the most thorough eye examination available today. Guthrie Optometry is able to provide the newest health screening of the retina called iWellness OCT. This technology uses light rays to create a cross-sectional image of the retinal layers.
The iWellness OCT scan allows for detection of small disruptions in the normal eye anatomy earlier than can be detected using the traditional microscope in the exam room. Early detection of ocular conditions like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy allow for prompt treatment and ultimately better vision long term.
Guthrie Optometry believes iWellness is an opportunity for patients to be proactive with their eye health and recommends periodic retinal OCT screenings. The iWellness scan in conjunction with retinal photography and a microscopic evaluation by Dr. Guthrie provides the ultimate in retinal health examinations.
Octopus 900 Visual Field
The Octopus 900 Visual Field Analyzer represents the most complete projection perimeter available today. Testing the patients peripheral visual field is a key element in the diagnosis and management of many ocular conditions.
It features the fastest test strategy and a full threshold test within 2.5 minutes. Speed combined with reliability make the Octopus 900 visual field an important tool for Dr. Guthrie to manage ocular disease.
Diabetes is a major health issue in North America. There are approximately 3.4 million people in Canada with diabetes and this number is expected to increase to 5 million by 2025. The most damaging eye condition caused by Diabetes is Diabetic Retinopathy. The incidence of this disease increases the longer someone has diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy causes the blood vessels of the retina (inner layer of the back of the eye) to leak, swell or develop abnormally which causes damage to the retina. This can result in vision loss that can range from mild to severe.
Laser surgery can be used by an ophthalmologist to minimize the damage caused by Diabetic Retinopathy. However, laser surgery must be done in a timely fashion to be effective and it does not always return vision back to normal levels. Another surgical option for patients suffering from persistent Diabetic Retinopathy involves the surgeon injecting the eyeball with a steroid to stabilize the damaging effects of the Retinopathy. There are now new medications that can be injected in the eyeball that can prevent the growth of the abnormal blood vessels seen in Diabetic Retinopathy.Very often people with diabetes do not know that they have diabetic retinopathy until significant damage is done to the retina. Prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy is best accomplished by maintaining normal blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood lipid levels. A regular eye exam (minimum once a year) with Dr. Guthrie is essential to detect retinal changes as early as possible.