Investigations & Surgical Techniques
Fluorescein angiography, a clinical test to look at blood circulation inside the back of the eye, aids in the diagnosis of retinal conditions associated with diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, and other eye abnormalities. The test can also help follow the course of a disease and monitor its treatment. It may be repeated on multiple occasions with no harm to the eye or body.
To test for glaucoma, a disease that can cause blindness when too much pressure in your eye damages the optic nerve, Dr Mavrikakis will use a tonometer to measure your intraocular pressure.
Ultrasound utilizes sound waves to form an image of the eye. It works in a very similar manner that sonar is used to "view" the ocean floor. High frequency sound waves (out of the range of the human ear) are emitted from a probe. The sound waves travel through eye, reflect from ocular structures back to the transducer inside the probe. The transducer receives the sound waves and converts them into the image that appears on the examiner's screen.
This instrument is extremely valuable when the doctor's view inside the eye is obstructed by blood, an extremely dense cataract, or other cloudy media.
A method of imaging in ophthalmology that uses light waves to provide cross sectional views of the interior structures of the eye (macula)
Laser retinopexy and photocoagulation is a method of sealing off retinal tears, leaking blood vessels and destroying new blood vessel growth with the help of a laser beam. This is the gold standard treatment for patients with diabetic macular edema, proliferative diabetic retinopathy or torn retina.