Dr. Potter employs several other tests for use in diagnosing and monitoring eye diseases:

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) provides unprecedented high resolution and cross-sectional images of the eye. The OCT scan allows microstructures of the eye to be imaged showing individually color coded layers of the retina. The test is very quick to perform, non-invasive and completely painless. Results are instantly available to aid in the early diagnosis of retina disease including diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Visual Field Test is performed to assess the horizontal and vertical range and sensitivity of your vision. Visual field tests are used to detect blind spots which could be a sign of eye diseases. The size and shape of a blind spot offers important clues about the presence and severity of diseases of the eye, optic nerve and visual structures in the brain. Many eye disorders can cause peripheral vision loss and other visual field abnormalities. Brain abnormalities such as those caused by strokes or tumors can affect the visual field. In fact, the location of the stroke or tumor in the brain can frequently be determined by the size, shape and site of the visual field defect. Visual Field Tests are also used to measure the severity of vision loss caused by ptosis, or droopy eye lids. Insurance carriers will only cover the cost of upper eyelid surgery if the patient has obstruction of their visual field. This is be documented during an examination with formal visual field testing.

Corneal Topography (CT) is used to produce a three dimensional map of the surface of the eye and assists in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning cataract surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK, or in assessing the fit of contact lenses and CRTs. Corneal topography extends the measurement range to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.

Genetic Testing Dr. Potter offers his patients with intermediate Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) a DNA test to determine their risk of progression to advanced AMD based on their individual genetic risk profile. The test aids in the selection of appropriate eye supplement formulations for a patient diagnosed with intermediate Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Sjo Testing is a diagnostic test for the early detection of Sjögren’s syndrome, which commonly presents as routine dry eye, effecting up to 4 million people in the U.S. Sjögren’s syndrome is a serious autoimmune disease that causes damage to the exocrine glands. Early diagnosis can result in patients being monitored for organ-specific manifestations, general symptoms, associated autoimmune diseases and malignancies.

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