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On site technology

  1. Anterior Segment Camera
    This camera takes magnified photographs of the front part of the eye.  It is useful in documenting problems as well as following any progression or resolution of lesions of the front part of the eye.
  2. Autorefractor
    This machine takes an objective measurement of the refractive error of a patient’s eyes which can then be fine-tuned before glasses or contact lenses are prescribed.
  3. OCT
    This machine obtain detailed images from within the retina and the cross-sectional images aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of certain retinal diseases and conditions such as macular edema and age related macular degeneration.
  4. Pachymetry
    This procedure measures the thickness of the cornea.  This is used as part of the work-up in refractive surgery as well as in selected cases of glaucoma.
  5. Pentacam
    This is a specialized camera that assesses the corneal curvature and is a valuable tool in planning Laser surgery as well as monitoring for progression in Keratoconus
  6. Posterior Segment Camera
    This camera is used specifically for the back part of the eye and can document findings of the retina as well as the optic disc. It is useful in documenting problems as well as following any progression or resolution of lesions especially in diabetic retinopathy.
  7. Visual Field Machine
    A visual field test is a method of measuring an individual’s entire scope of vision, that is their central and peripheral (side) vision. Visual field testing actually maps the visual fields of each eye individually.  Visual field testing is most frequently used to detect any signs of glaucoma damage to the optic nerve.
  8. Yag Laser
    After cataract surgery some patients develop secondary or after cataract.  This is due to opacification of the capsular bag in which the new lens is placed.  Laser treatment with the YAG laser makes a small hole in the centre of the capsule, and can restore vision to how it was after the cataract operation.
  9. Yellow Light Argon Laser
    This laser is used in the treatment of cases of diabetic retinopathy as well as certain other retinal pathologies such as retinal hole formation and macular edema.  It is done as an out patient procedure.
Facilities used by our doctors at the Cape Eye Hospital
  1. B Scan
    The B scan is a sonar machine that aids in examining the inside of the eye.  This is useful in cases where there is vitreous bleeding and the examiner’s direct view is obscured, but a retinal detachment of intra-ocular foreign body is suspected.
  2. Fundus Fluorescein
    Fluorescein angiography is a test which allows the blood vessels in the back of the eye to be photographed as a fluorescent dye is injected into the bloodstream via your hand or arm. It is particularly useful in the management of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. The test is done to help the doctor confirm a diagnosis, to provide guidelines for treatment, and to keep a permanent record of the vessels at the back of the eye.