Friday, November 9 2012, 07:01 PM MST
New Device Detecting Eye Disease Quicker Than A Standard Eye Exam
(KUTV) A new device, used in Utah, is helping doctors detect eye disease much sooner than a standard eye exam.
Optometrist Dr. Karri Buresh says, “We do recommend typically adults once a year to come in for an annual eye exam.”
The new device is allowing doctors to examine individual layers of the retina.
“So we have instrument called our eye wellness instrument that allows us to screen patient’s retinas for early signs of eye disease,” Dr. Buresh says.
The device is similar to that of an ultrasound.
Dr. Buresh says that often times eye disease is hidden in between the layers of the eye. “This instrument allows us to capture that pathology and provide early intervention and treatment for the patient, saving their vision,” Dr. Buresh explains.
Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are all common diseases of the eyes. If left untreated, these diseases could lead to blindness. That’s why it is important to get your eyes checked regularly.
“We're big advocates of preventative annual eye exams just to detect any change, monitor for eye health, vision is so important to our patients' lives, and we want to preserve and protect that for their future,” Dr. Buresh says.
Doctor Buresh says children also need routine eye exams.
In fact, children should get an exam within the first year of their life.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)