Clear vision is only part of caring for your eyes.
At Drs. Holcomb and Associates, we use traditional methods of evaluation and incorporate state of the art equipment to detect conditions earlier and with increased accuracy. We are concerned about
Degeneration of the macula
Retinal holes or detachments
Decrease in contrast sensitivity
Dry eye disease
Leaking blood vessels
With new advancements in science and technology, we find that treatment protocol started sooner can prevent or slow vision deterioration and reestablish comfort.
Our Additional Services & Products
Dark Adaptation Performance Test
We are happy to be among the first eye care providers to offer a new innovative test, the AdaptDx Dark Adaptometer, that helps us detect AMD* at a very early stage and monitor disease progression.
Science now demonstrates the rate at which your vision adapts in the dark is directly correlated with the functional state of your macula.
If you are experiencing problems seeing or driving at night, or it is becoming increasing difficult to read in dim light, talk to us about scheduling an AdaptDx test.
*What is AMD? Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a chronic, progressive disease that attacks the macula, the section of the retina that corresponds to our central vision, so it affects our ability to do things like recognize faces, read, watch TV, and drive.
AMD is the leading cause of adult vision loss in developed countries (more prevalent than glaucoma and cataracts combined!) and affects nearly 1 in 8 adults over the age of 60.
Risk factors: age 50+, family history, smoker, overweight, Caucasian, heart disease or high blood pressure.
GOOD NEWS! Now physicians know that early detection of AMD is key to preserving functional vision. Research shows that the combination of three specific carotenoids - lutein, meso-zeaxanthin, and zeaxanthin - provides the best support to the macular area to delay vision loss and progression.
But choosing an eye vitamin or supplement can be overwhelmingly confusing!
After evaluating the science journals and studies, the vision specialists at Drs. Holcomb and Associates recommend and prescribe MacuHealth brand supplement because it
1) contains all three carotenoids, 2) has a formula that is easy for the body to absorb,
3) has no medical or drug contraindications, 4) is reasonably priced.
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Retinal Laser Imaging
& Optical Coherence Tomography
Drs. Holcomb and Associates confidently offers the Optomap® as an important part of our eye exams. This digital scan of the retina provides our doctors with a high-resolution 200° image in order to evaluate the details of your retina and optic nerve.
The inclusion of Optomap® as part of a comprehensive eye exam provides:
The opportunity for you to view and discuss the digital image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
A permanent record for your file, which allows our doctors to compare your images through the years to monitor any changes.
The Optomap® is fast, easy, and comfortable for anyone. Our doctors and staff advise all patients to have a baseline retinal scan and then re-scan at recommended intervals.
Visual Field Imaging
Many eye and brain disorders can cause peripheral vision loss and other visual field abnormalities, and changes are often not noticed by the patient until the damage is severe.
Visual field tests are performed by eye care professionals to detect blind spots (scotomas) and other visual field defects which signal functional vision loss or progressive damage from:
Glaucoma Brain tumors
Diseases of the retina Stroke
Optic neuropathy Cataracts
Automated perimetry - such as our Oculus Easyfield Analyzer - is widely considered the gold standard in visual field testing. The short test involves fixating on one center light while blinking test lights appear in your side vision. Areas that record gray or black on the test results (see example to the left) reflect areas in your vision that are blurred or missing.
It is important to get a visual field test as often as is recommended by your eye doctor in order to monitor progress and preserve vision.