Diagnostic Retinal Imaging in Metairie, LA

State-of-the-art diagnostic retinal imaging technology is available for retina patients in Metairie, Louisiana at Budden Retina and at our satellite location in Marrero, Louisiana. Diagnostic imaging can detect and help monitor retinal conditions like diabetes mellitus or macular degeneration. High-resolution digital images of the retina can reveal structural changes that may indicate an underlying condition or disease progression needing treatment. Utilizing these detailed images allows Dr. Budden to make the most informed diagnosis possible. Timely intervention for retinal diseases is crucial for improving vision and providing successful treatment outcomes.

Optical Coherence Tomography

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging technology used to generate high-resolution, cross-sectional images of the retina and internal layers and structures of the eye. Traditional techniques for scanning the retina are invasive and require a lengthy recovery period, but OCT imaging is noninvasive and relatively quick.

The primary use of OCT is to diagnose and monitor retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), glaucoma, and vitreomacular traction syndrome (VMTS). The detailed images enable doctors to detect minute abnormalities in retinal structures caused by disease or injury before any perceivable symptoms appear. This allows for timely treatment to reduce the risk of vision loss associated with these diseases. It can also be used to evaluate corneal thickness or the anterior chamber angles used for Narrow Angle Glaucoma diagnosis and management.

In addition to diagnostic purposes, OCT can help track how well certain medications are working or if surgical procedures were successful in restoring normal retinal function. OCT can measure changes in tissue size over time that may indicate whether an eye condition is progressing or responding positively to treatment interventions. This provides physicians with valuable data when determining which course of action would be most beneficial for their patients.

Ultra Wide-field Fundus Photography

Ultra Wide-field Fundus Photography (UWF) is a medical imaging technology used to capture high-resolution images of the fundus, or innermost layer of the eye. It utilizes specialized cameras and sophisticated software to produce panoramic views of up to 160 degrees with minimal distortion and without dilation. Traditional imaging requires dilation, making UWF ideal for patients who are unable or unwilling to have their pupils dilated due to photophobia, claustrophobia, or even limited access/time restrictions associated with certain environments or settings. Since no dilation is needed, UWF significantly reduces exam times and patient satisfaction while providing retina specialists with accurate and detailed information about retinal health.

UWF allows retina specialists to understand pathology distribution and progression better across different retinal layers and how it may affect visual acuity or other related vision problems. For example, this type of imaging can help detect signs of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) earlier, so timely intervention can slow down its progression. Additionally, UWF can be used in combination with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for more accurate diagnosis and tracking of disease progression over time.

Ultra Widefield IVFA/ICG

Ultra widefield intravenous and indocyanine green angiography (IVFA/ICG) combines fluorescein angiography (FA) with indocyanine green (ICG), a well-tolerated dye, to diagnose pathologies of the retina. With IFVA/ICG, the primary objective is to measure blood flow in the choroid, the middle section of the eye wall. The choroid layer increases in thickness near the retina.

Unlike traditional fundus photography, IVFA/ICG provides ophthalmologists and retinal specialists with an expansive view of the peripheral retina, enabling them to detect small pathology in obscure areas of the eye that were previously difficult to observe. It can capture high-contrast images with exceptional detail due to the injection of ICG. The dye binds to blood vessels within the eye, enhancing visualization of subtle changes in retinal health. IVFA/ICG is typically more sensitive than conventional methods for detecting very early signs of AMD or other diseases, such as fundus photography or fluorescein angiography.

Like other diagnostic imaging procedures, IVFA/ICG can be used to monitor disease progression over time, allowing physicians to track changes in a patient’s condition while receiving treatment. This ensures treatments are effective and reduces the chances of complications arising from unchecked progression of disease between examinations.

Ocular Ultrasound

Ocular ultrasound is an imaging technique used to assess the structure and function of the eyes. It uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the ocular structures, including the conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, iris, lens, vitreous humor, retina, and choroid. It can reveal abnormalities or changes in these structures for diagnosing eye diseases such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration.

Unlike fundus photography, which only captures the central area of the retina and requires dilation of the pupil for optimal results, ocular ultrasound offers the advantage of capturing high-resolution, detailed images that detect subtle changes in the retina. Ocular ultrasonography does not require radiation exposure and is relatively inexpensive compared with other imaging modalities. Additionally, ocular ultrasonography can measure intraocular pressure (IOP), providing insight into a patient’s risk for developing glaucoma.

Ocular ultrasonography offers a wide range of capabilities and ease of use, providing retina doctors with a powerful tool for managing many retinal diseases. Ocular ultrasounds are an irreplaceable instrument used in retinal care at Budden Retina, providing comprehensive imaging capabilities, safety, and affordability.

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