What is a Digital Eye Exam?

Digital Eye Exams at Sherwood Park Eye Centre

A digital eye exam uses modern technology to check your vision and eye health. Unlike traditional eye exams, which depend a lot on manual methods and your doctor using a conventional lens to look into your eyes, digital eye exams use computerized tools and software to give a more thorough examination. Our eye exams include wide-angle digital retinal imaging with an Optomap, advanced imaging of the glands in your eye lids with our Lipiscan, and automated refraction systems to give a detailed and accurate picture of your eyes’ condition. Our team embraces technology to bring the benefits of digital exams to disease detection and management.

Why Get a Digital Eye Exam?

Dry Eye testing being performed with a patient. This testing provides meibography imaging of the eyelids to evaluate the condition of the Meibomiam glands to provide more thorough information before creating a treatment plan.

Digital eye exams offer many benefits:

  1. More Accurate: Digital tools reduce human error, providing precise measurements and better-fitting prescriptions for glasses or contacts.
  2. Thorough Examination: Advanced imaging technologies give a complete look at the eye’s internal structures, helping detect issues that might be missed in a regular exam. We are also able to detect signs of stroke, diabetes and other diseases.
  3. Early Detection: These exams can find early signs of serious eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, allowing for early treatment.
  4. Convenient: Digital eye exams are often quicker and more comfortable, reducing the time you spend in the exam chair.
  5. Detailed Records: Digital exams allow easy storage and access to your eye health data, making it easy to monitor changes over time.

How Does a Digital Eye Exam Check My Health?

A digital eye exam uses various advanced tools to check your eye health:

  1. Wide-Angle Digital Retinal Imaging: High-resolution images of the retina help identify retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disorders. We use an Optomap during our eye exams to provide the most detailed imaging possible.
  2. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): OCT provides detailed images of the retina’s layers, crucial for diagnosing and monitoring conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration. We perform OCT testing during our dilated exam visits to ensure the best results.
  3. Corneal Topography: This maps the surface curvature of your cornea, detecting conditions like keratoconus and helping customize contact lenses for a better fit. Corneal Topography will be done for specialty contact lens fittings with one of our expertly trained contact lens technicians working alongside your Optometrist.
  4. Meibography with a Lipiscan: We examine the condition of your meibomian glands with specialty imaging tools called a Lipiscan to determine the severity and cause of your dry eye disease with every eye exam. For more severe cases you may return for an even more thorough dry eye exam where we use the same technology to examine your tear production, corneal health, and a closer look at the glands in your eye lids.

Digital eye exams are a significant advancement in eye care. They provide a detailed and accurate picture of your eye health, help detect potential issues early, and ensure precise vision correction.

Schedule an appointment online today to experience the latest advancements in eye care and be confident you are receiving personalized service and expert care for you and your family.