Technology/Instrumentation

A caring, concerned doctor who will listen and take the time to do things right. That’s what you’ll find with Dr. Ronald Smith, Doctor of Optometry. Since 1976, Dr. Smith has earned a reputation for giving each patient the care and attention they deserve. As he likes to say, “educated patients are better patients”. The comprehensive exam we perform becomes a permanent record that will be reviewed and updated after each exam to monitor your overall eye health. We use the latest computerized equipment that accurately determines your proper prescription and eliminates guessing at eye charts. Yet even with all of the hi-tech equipment, our office is always warm, friendly and unhurried.

Offering our patients the very highest quality of eye care is our only priority. To achieve that goal, we use highly sophisticated technology to examine your eyes. Here is an explanation of some of the equipment we use:

Optomap

The Optomap provides a computerized ultra-wide view of the retina.  This scan allows for early detection of numerous diseases and vitreotraction problems that occur over the passage of time; i.e. retinal holes, tears, and detachments.  Optomap scans are priceless tools in following diseases of the blood vessels such as diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and cholesterol.  With this instrument, we are able to compare scans from previous years side by side with pictures taken that day.  This is vital in monitoring the above-mentioned diseases.  It’s not just a vision saver… it’s a lifesaver.


FDT

The FDT is a “quick” visual field screening for glaucoma detection.  In conjunction with our Optos, GDx and ORA, early detection of optic nerve problems is increased substantially.  Early detection of glaucoma can prevent irreversible nerve damage and vision loss.


ORA

The ORA measures the intraocular pressure in a patient’s eye, which is one of the primary methods in screening for glaucoma.  The ORA also measures hysteresis, which can evaluate your risk for some cornea diseases such Keratoconus.

“Because of changes in technology, this is the most sophisticated method of measuring pressure in patients.” – Dr. Gaddie


Topcon Digital wavefront Analyzer

The Topcon Digital wavefront Analyzer provides a “30 second refraction,” corneal topography and wavefront to determine the expected clarity of vision. This type of technology is especially helpful with young children as well as patients  that have irregularly shaped corneas, whether it’s due to Keratoconus, ocular injuries or post-surgical irregularities.


CV3000

The CV 3000 automated phoropter utilizes some of the newest technology in optometry.  The CV 3000 - combined with the Nidek OPD - takes the guesswork out of deciding which is better, “one or two?”  This ultimately reduces the patient’s frustration when trying to determine which lens provides the most clarity.  It also gives a more precise outcome, aiding in the fitting of contact lens patients and high prescription glasses wearers.