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Dr. Haley Backus and Dr. Michelle Coyne
Next to Sidey’s Flowers between Market Square and
the Canal in Port Colborne, Ontario

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Advanced Technology

Fundus Photography with FAF

With this technology, digital photographs provide your optometrist with detailed pictures of the back of your eye. State of the art “Eyescape” software allows your optometrist to store, review and enhance the images to clearly record your current eye health, and future photos can be compared to detect any changes to your retina the next time you get your eyes examined. Today’s new technology allows us to detect non-visible changes to your eye before you notice them and without the aid of this special equipment, we cannot see them either.

Our new Canon FAF (fundus autofluorescence) technology represents the very latest in diagnostic technology. We will take an additional photo of each eye to specifically look at the health of your RPE (retinal pigment epithelium) which allows us to see very early signs of cell damage, and the likelihood of progression. We will be able to show you what we see and are able to provide advice on how to slow or prevent further disease progression.

Digital Retinal Imaging

We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.

This is very important in assisting our optometrist in Port Colborne, ON to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.

The advantages of digital imaging include:

  • Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
  • Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
  • Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
  • Image resolution is extremely high quality
  • Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
  • No patient prep required

Digital Retinal Imaging

Digital Retinal Imaging allows our eye doctor in Port Colborne, ON to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.

Visual Field Testing

A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does not involve eye drops but does involve the patient’s ability to understand and follow instructions.

An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead. Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any deficiencies.