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To help you achieve your best vision possible, Apex EyeCare offers comprehensive eye examinations which may include special eye testing services. Our Columbia optometrist, Dr. Michael McClay, and our eyecare staff utilize the latest technology in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions. With over 35 years of professional eyecare experience, Dr. McClay provides comprehensive eye examinations for patients of all ages, from babies through seniors.
We search for certain eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, and age-related macular degeneration, which could negatively affect your vision if left untreated. Depending on your age and physical health, some special eye tests we might perform include:
Optos Retinal Imaging: The retina converts light rays into impulses that travel through the optic nerve to your brain. Your vision can be severely impacted if it becomes torn, damaged or detached. Dr. McClay may use Optos Retinal Imaging to examine the health of your retina and macula. This digital imaging machine lets us scan and photograph up to 200 degrees of your retinal surface, without the traditional need for pupil dilation.
Autorefractor: Refractive errors distort the way light focuses on your retina, and may lead to vision problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Our Columbia optometrist may use an autorefractor to measure the amount of refractive error in your eyes and determine the strength of a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses that will be needed to correct it.
Threshold Visual Fields: Your visual field is the amount you can see vertically and horizontally without moving your head. There may be distortions or blind spots in your central or peripheral vision due to various medical conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Visual field testing involves steadily gazing at a target, while a small dot of light is presented at random intervals, locations, and brightness.
HRT (Heidelberg Retina Tomograph): This is a state-of-the-art optic nerve analyzer which helps us catch damage to the optic nerve related to glaucoma.
Corneal Topography: This non-invasive medical imaging technique allows us to map the surface curvature of your cornea, the outer eye structure. Our doctor may use this technology to diagnose and treat a number of conditions, to plan a cataract or laser surgery, or to assess the fit of your contact lenses.
Tonometry: This technique measures the fluid pressure inside your eye to determine whether you are at risk for glaucoma.
Pachymetry: Thin corneas are also associated with glaucoma risk, and can lead to a bulge in the cornea called keratoconus. Pachymetry is a form of corneal thickness testing, which helps us better understand the health of your cornea.
Dr. McClay will assess your entire health history to determine which eye tests are appropriate for your particular situation. Apex EyeCare is located at 7499 Parklane Road in Columbia, SC, and also serves Dentsville and the surrounding communities. Call (803) 741-7177 today to set up your appointment for an eye exam in Columbia.