We are the only practice in Louisiana to offer Macular Integrity Assessment. This test is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, and it enables our doctors to detect serious retinal conditions at a much earlier stage. Recently approved by the FDA, this test uses an advanced laser ophthalmoscope to obtain clear images of your retina, and with its advanced programming, it can quickly evaluate its health and function. The MAIA™ is also equipped with a tracking device that can measure the stability of your retina and your eye’s ability to fixate in one place.
If you suffer from cataracts, our doctors can remove your compromised lenses and replace them with artificial intraocular lenses (IOLs) during laser cataract surgery. We offer a number of IOLs to choose from, but selecting the right one can be a challenge. The Zeiss IOLMaster makes the process easier and more accurate than ever before. This state-of-the-art device quickly and accurately measures the length of your eye and the curvature of your cornea. Because of its extreme precision, our cataract surgeries offer optimal results and better vision enhancement.
The Alcon® LenSx Laser System is another tool that makes cataract treatment safer and more effective than ever before. This advanced tool was the first femtosecond laser to be approved for use during cataract surgery. Much like wavefront technology used in LASIK, the Alcon LenSx scans your eye and creates a three-dimensional image. Then your doctor can calibrate the computer-controlled laser to the exact dimensions of your eye. Your surgeon will then remove the old lens and replace it with an IOL. With this advanced technology, risks are further minimized.
At EyeCare 20/20, we are the only practice in the state to use an advanced corneal microscope. This high-power microscope allows our doctors to look for irregularities on the cellular level. It can help identify the earliest signs of glaucoma, Fuchs’ dystrophy, and uveitis, among other eye diseases. The corneal microscope is also helpful in the treatment of cataracts, giving your surgeon a detailed understanding of the structure of your eye.
We are one of the few practices in the state to offer the advanced MicroPulse laser to treat diabetic macular edema. This condition, an advanced version of diabetic retinopathy, occurs when damaged blood vessels leak into your eye. This excess fluid can cause swelling of the macula, and lead to severe vision damage. During laser therapy, your doctor will cauterize the blood vessels to seal off any leaks. By using the MicroPulse laser, we can not only prevent further vision loss; in some cases, we can even restore some of your lost vision.
Genetic testing is quickly changing the face of science, and ophthalmology is no exception. We partner with the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine® to provide the RetnaGene AMD test. Scientists believe that genetic variants account for the vast majority of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) cases. With this state-of-the-art test, your doctor can determine your risk for AMD using a simple, non-invasive cheek swab. With this knowledge, your ophthalmologist can create a treatment plan to lower your risks and protect your vision. In most cases, this treatment will consist of an aggressive regimen of nutrition supplements, including vitamin C, antioxidants, beta carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
To more closely examine the retina (the back of your eye) and choroid (blood vessels under the retina), your ophthalmologist may use a diagnostic technique called angiography. A colored dye is injected into a vein in your arm, where it travels throughout the blood vessels in your body. As the dye passes through the blood vessels in the eye, a special camera takes photographs of the retina or choroid blood vessels. Two types of dyes can be injected into the vein: fluorescein or indocyanine green. Angiography helps your ophthalmologist see what is happening in your retina or choroid, highlighting any abnormalities that may be present. It is used most often to: help diagnose and monitor eye conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retina vein occlusions, and macular edema; guide laser surgery with pinpoint accuracy; and monitor the effects of laser surgery. Eyecare 20/20 is the only ophthalmology office in the area with the ability to perform extra wide field angiography.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-contact medical imaging technology. We are one of the few practices that uses this advanced technology to catch early signs of eye diseases before they are detectable with traditional testing methods. The instrument is so precise that NASA chose to have it placed on the international space station in 2015. With OCT, reflected light is used to produce detailed cross-sectional and 3-D images of the eye. OCT is another way of looking at the eye using a laser-like light source known as a super luminescent diode (SLD). An SLD produces a wider band of wavelengths around a peak, compared with lasers, enabling information to be gathered simultaneously at multiple wavelengths. The multiple wavelengths allow the rapid collection of data in the tissue depth that results in a highly detailed cross-sectional image of the retina.
Laser cataract surgery uses a state-of-the-art image guidance system to create a custom refractive outcome designed for your eye. This technology allows surgeons to plan and perform cataract surgeries to match your lifestyle. Laser cataract surgery features real-time diagnostic tools for an accurate visual inside the eye during the procedures. When used together, laser cataract surgery and one of the advanced intraocular lenses we offer may give patients even more visual freedom after cataract surgery, helping to reduce dependence on glasses and maintain clear vision for decades. Eyecare 20/20 is proud to be the first to offer this advanced technology on the Northshore utilizing Alcon's LenSx® Laser system.
Dry eyes are a common condition which can result from the aging process, certain medications, environmental conditions, genetics, and more. The growing use of screens and monitors can also decrease the natural blink response, which lubricates the eye. TearLab® allows our doctors to both diagnose and manage the condition. The technology is the first objective and quantitative test for dry eye syndrome, and offers fast and accurate results using samples of our patients' tears. The system allows us to pinpoint the cause of your dry eyes and offer targeted, individually tailored treatment for optimum results.