The key to preventing vision loss is early glaucoma detection. And, since your surgeon acquired the Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph II (HRT II), it has never been easier to be diagnosed for this blinding disease - often before vision suffers.
The HRT II is a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope. It not only detects the very early stages of glaucoma, it also provides eye doctors with essential information for monitoring the disease in follow-up exams. By scanning the optic nerve and adjacent nerve fiber layer, the HRT II produces a three dimensional topographic map. It generates extremely accurate, detailed data and comprehensive analysis that simply is not possible to obtain with traditional examinations.
The HRT II exam is fast, safe, and usually does not require dilating the eye. While a patient sits comfortably in a stationary position, a laser scans the eye for just a few seconds (at a lower energy level than that prodcued from a television remote control).
Glaucoma can develop in anyone. However, some people are considered at higher risk than others - including individuals over age 60, African-Americans over age 40, and people with high blood
pressure, diabetes, or a family history of glaucoma.
Pioneer Valley Ophthalmic Consultants in one of the few practices in the area to offer the comprehensive, non-invasive HRT II exam for early diagnostic monitoring of glaucoma. If you, or someone you know, is at high risk for glaucoma, contact the office at: 413-775-9900.