Announcing a breakthrough in eye examinations: CT Eye Scans

Dr. Steensma was the first optometrist in Ventura County to do routine retinal photographs on every patient as part of their annual eye examination.  This was a significant tool in detecting early eye disease. Over the last several years the retinal photographs have helped Dr. Steensma to detect eye disease much sooner than the traditional examination techniques used by most optometrists.

Now there is something better.  Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a CT scan for your eyes.   This new technology allows Dr. Steensma to see early eye disease months to years earlier than before.  It can actually image tissues below the surface and detect health changes before they are visible with traditional examination technique's.  It can detect early macular degeneration, hypertensive retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and wrinkles, glaucoma, and corneal diseases.

Early detection results in more prompt treatment and a better visual outcome for the patient.  Dr. Steensma feels that this is an important test for all patients and can be especially important in patients over 35 and those patients with a family history of eye disease. 

“OCT technology is the most important advancement in optometry that I have seen in my 40 years of pracatice. It allows us to provide the most comprehensive exam possible, and gives us confidence that we have provided the best service to our patients, and has kept us at the cutting edge of medical eye health care.  Patients really like being able to see that everything is within normal, or if there is a problem, being able to actually see it and be involved in their own care.”

This cutting-edge technologic screeening is not yet covered by insurance plans, but Dr. Steensma thinks its value is hundreds of times more valuable to the patient’s health than the $30 fee for the scan, and he encourages all patients to take advantage of this service.



Click this image for an OCT video:

Video of OCT eye exam


The EIDON TrueColor Widefield Confocal Scanner gives great retinal images which are far superior to a standard retinal camera.  It alows the doctor to detect many eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma much earlier than standard retinal photography.


iCare EIDON Widefield TrueColor Confocal Fundus Imaging System


External Ocular Photography

We now can take photographs of the outside of the eyes through a microscope.  This allows the doctor to tell if a lesion or tumor on the outside of the eye is growing.  It is also very helpful in managing eyelid problems.

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