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Advanced Technology

DRS Retinal Camera

The DRS Retinal Camera is a state of the art retinal imaging device that uses a robot to scan and image your retina. The high resolution camera takes detailed images of your optic nerve, macula and other parts of the eye that may need documentation to be able to follow various conditions that are found during your eye exam. Photo documentation with high quality imaging ensure that you are having the best medical care possible. A highlight of this camera is patients can review the results with Dr. Keats, who will teach you about the condition we are documenting. The photographs can even be emailed to you so you have these valuable pictures in your personal records.

Macular Risk Genetic Test

Macular Risk – a genetic test to determine your inherited risk for sight threatening macular degeneration (macularrisk.com).

Does someone in your family have macular degeneration? Have you ever wondered about your personal risk of developing this disease, especially in its severe wet form? Do you currently have a mild case of dry macular degeneration and worry about progressing to dreaded wet disease? The Macular Risk genetic test can give you information about this risk to help you plan for the future in your life choices to lower your risk, or give you the peace of mind that you need to be less anxious about the future.

Dr. Keats can collect your DNA in the office and send it to the Macular Risk lab where your DNA will be tested for genetic markers that point to the potential of wet, neovascular glaucoma. A positive test for this disease will warrant more careful monitoring at Northwood Vision or a retinal specialist’s office, as prompt detection and treatment can make a significant difference in the outcome of treatment. In over 80 percent of patients who present with wet macular degeneration, treatment is started too late save their vision. This number could be dramatically reduced if only they had Macular Risk performed and had been monitored more carefully. Ask Dr. Keats about this valuable technology available to you.

Visual Field Testing

A visual field test measures how much ‘side’ vision you have. It is a straightforward test, painless, and does not involve eye drops. Essentially lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. Your head is kept still and you have to place your chin on a chin rest. 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. Your optometrist may ask only for a driving licence visual field test, which takes 5-10 minutes. If you have just asked for a driving test or the clinic doctor advised you have one, you will be informed of the result by the clinic doctor, in writing, in a few weeks.

Normally the test is carried out by a computerized machine, called a Humphrey. Occasionally the manual test has to be used, a Goldman. For each test you have to look at a central point then press a buzzer each time you see the light.

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Dear Northwood Vision patient,

Here is what we are asking you to do to make a smaller exposure footprint:

  1. If you have any symptoms of loss of taste or smell, upset stomach/diarrhea coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, running nose please reschedule your appointment in 30 days or more.
  2. Wash your hands or use sanitizer immediately upon entering.
  3. Try not to touch any surfaces in the office you do not have to touch (you can push our door open with your foot! Try not to touch your face!)
  4. If you are trying on glasses, we will collect them from you for proper cleaning.
  5. Contact lenses can be shipped to you at no cost with an active rx (minimum 2 boxes)
  6. We will ask that if possible you come alone to the appointment. Guests can wait outside or in the car unless they need to be with you..
  7. If you have been exposed please wear a mask or reschedule in case you are an asymptomatic carrier, masks are encouraged to be worn by each patient if you have one.
  8. We will extend Contact lens prescriptions up to 6 months if recently expired and can direct ship an order to you if you see clearly and your eyes are feeling healthy.
  9. For a fee, we can ship your glasses to you if desired and you can have them adjusted after the shelter in place order is lifted.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this stressful and trying time. May God bless each of you and keep you well.

What is an Eye Emergency? Read more

Routine Care: “I see pretty well in my glasses or contact lenses. I just want to update my frame and / or get some new lenses to optimize my vision. I don’t have any pain or headaches and my eyes feel good and look normal in the mirror to me. I have never been told I have a disease in my eye that needs to be managed. I should definitely wait to come in until the “Shelter at Home” mandate is over. If I am a contact lens wearer, I understand Dr. Keats will allow me to get 3-6 months of contact lenses mailed to me even if my contact lenses are recently expired or close to expiring.”

Emergent Care: “I see poorly and am having difficulty functioning to drive, read, or see my computer. It is affecting my work. Waiting to be seen in 2 months would be very difficult for me to conduct my life.” Another form of emergent care… “I have other symptoms like headaches, red eyes, discharge, or I might have a disease that threatens my sight like diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, a recent onset of flashes and floaters in my vision and so on.” A final type of emergent care would be a patient who realizes, “I am a patient who has a previously scheduled appointment for a medical condition Dr. Keats is managing to protect my sight, so I should plan on coming in for my visit. However, if my overall health is poor and the benefit to risk ratio says I should push this appointment off until the “Shelter at Home” mandate is lifted, it may be wise for me to reschedule for a later date.” In summary, emergent care means it is important that you be seen quickly for the protection of your visual health and current discomfort, or medical health, so you can function to do your work efficiently now and in the future.