Vision Clinic purchases cutting-edge equipment for improved patient screenings and eye care

The Western Michigan University Vision Rehabilitation Clinic has recently purchased state-of-the-art eye testing equipment to enhance patients’ experiences.  By acquiring the latest technological eye testing equipment, the clinic continues to provide the best quality services for eye health needs. In early 2019, the clinic purchased the Ocular Health Tomography and the Optos Daytona plus.

Ocular Coherence Tomography

Ocular Coherence Tomography or OCT is an advanced eye scan suitable for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light waves rather than sound waves to see beneath the surface of the eye. Using a 3D OCT camera, our doctors can simultaneously take a digital photo and 3D cross-section scans of the back of your eye. This allows us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions. The scan is non-invasive, painless and can be completed in 60 seconds or less.

Example of an OCT eye report

Common conditions that the OCT looks for are:

  1. Age-related macular degeneration
  2. Diabetes
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Macular holes
  5. Vitreous detachments

Optos Daytona Plus

Optos is a leading provider of innovative solutions for comprehensive retinal evaluation, enabling practitioners to more effectively detect and monitor ocular pathology and promote patient health.

Optos™ Daytona Plus machine

Optos Daytona plus provides eye care professionals with ultra-widefield (UWF) retinal digital images of 200 degrees or up to 82% of the retina in a single image. In addition, the Daytona plus device is equipped with software that allows for simple documentation, monitoring and referral processing to assist in patient management and improved patient flow.

The machine takes a digital, high-definition scan of the eye and optic nerve in as little as one second. Those scans can reveal signs of conditions like cancer and high blood pressure. The ability to easily and quickly capture images of the peripheral retina has provided insights into the importance of disease-related pathology that was previously unavailable.

Funds to purchase the equipment came from 2018 state appropriated funds for the Unified Clinics.