In the continuous effort to have state of the art diagnostic instruments, our new visual field machine was delivered last month and immediately put to use.
What is a visual field test?
• A visual field test detects dysfunction in central and peripheral vision.
• Loss of central and peripheral vision may be caused by conditions such as glaucoma, stroke, pituitary disease, brain tumors, or other neurological deficits.
• Several high risk medications can damage the eye including those for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other systemic diseases. A visual field test can provide early detection of possible damage.
• Early detection allows for Dr. Tabak to monitor these conditions and make treatment recommendations when necessary.
• A visual field test should be part of every comprehensive eye exam.
Why replace the old machine?
• The new machine detects visual field loss at the earliest possible stage.
• The Octopus 600 test takes just 2-4 minutes.
• New benchmarks for patients with early signs of glaucoma stipulate that a visual field exam be performed every 3 months for 12 months. In most cases, these tests can be charged to major medical insurance or Medicare.