Hey everyone! Dr. Lynch here and I am excited to announce that we will be adding some exciting new technology to Boston Mountain Eye Care over the next month! I am happy to go over what these new additions will mean to our patients are we will be able to treat and manage several important eye related conditions that might be relative to you as a patient.
Before we get into the details, I would like to make a promise to our patients regarding technology. I see many health care facilities adding new technology simply to increase billing without any pertinent increase in patient care. I promise that I will NEVER do that at Boston Mountain Eye Care. I look at new equipment purchases and ask myself “Would I want this treatment option for myself or my own family? Would this provide a better outcome for their eye health?” I must be able to answer ‘yes’ to these questions before I even consider purchasing new equipment. I always have- and always will- let patient care direct my purchasing decisions regarding office equipment.
The first piece of equipment we will be adding is called an OCT. That is an instrument that uses light energy to view the internal structures of the eye which would not be visible upon normal retinal exam. This is amazing technology that will allow us to manage disease such as diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma in-house without any outside referrals. This will increase patient care while making management of the disease easier on the patient by eliminating the need to visit imaging clinics for care. OCT’s can also help appropriately manage scleral contact lens fittings, corneal disease, neurological disease, and general decreased vision. This scan is relatively inexpensive and often covered by medical insurance when necessitated by exam findings. All people with family histories of diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma are encouraged to have a baseline OCT. This will be a big win for everyone!
A retinal camera will be available to document year to year changes in the retina for all patients. This is an important addition to the traditional exam as it provides a static, tangible and permanent photograph of the retina. This will be added to your chart and assessed in addition to a dilated exam at each annual visit. It is important to note that this DOES NOT replace the need for traditional dilation. Rather, it is a compliment to the dynamic retinal views of a dilated exam. The retinal camera will be capable of closely monitoring diseases such as nevi, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and hypertensive retinopathy. The camera will also be capable of taking pictures of the front of your eye. This is important for conditions such as pink eye, bacterial infection, and corneal injuries.
The last instrument added will be a corneal topographer capable of aiding in the management of dry eye disease. A corneal topographer measures the shape of the front of your eye in great detail and is used in corneal disease such as Keratoconus. It is also useful in advanced contact lens fittings such as scleral lenses, ortho-k correction, and rigid gas permeable lenses. This technology will also help Boston Mountain Eye Care to help manage dryness by assessing the meibomian glands for function. These glands provide oil to help lubricate the eye. Without proper function and supply of this oil, it is quite difficult to treat dry eye disease appropriately. So many people suffer from dry eye disease- this will be HUGE for our patients!
I hope you can tell that I am very excited to add these tools to our every day care toolbox at Boston Mountain Eye Care! I feel like the instruments I have discussed above will be a huge benefit to our patients. Ultimately, these additions will allow me to treat and manage so much more eye disease than I have been able to in the past. This is good for both doctor and patient! We are excited to push the scope of care forward and to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients at Boston Mountain Eye Care.