The Optovue iVue OCT is state-of-the-art technology that lets doctors see beneath the surface of your retina, where signs of disease first appear. Traditional eye exams and retinal photography do not provide this level of detail. This can help Dr. Forstrom detect common eye diseases.
Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when there is damage to the blood vessels in the retina caused by complications of diabetes. A recent CDC study reported that diabetic retinopathy affects approximately 1/3 of the diabetic population. The eye disease, if not detected and treated, can severely affect vision.
Glaucoma is a "silent" disease in which the nerve fibers suffer damage, permanently impacting vision in the affected eye(s) and progressing to blindness if untreated. It usually develops without obvious symptoms until it's too late. There are 2.29 million American adults with glaucoma, yet 2 million more are estimated to have the disease and do not know it.
Macular Degeneration is an eye disorder that damages the center of the retina called the macula, making it difficult to see fine details. It is caused by damage to the area around blood vessels that supply the macula and is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans age 55 and older.