We use the World’s best eye technology.
Looking for the most comprehensive eye test in town? The Eye Practice is committed to always being at the forefront of technology for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
To this end, our practice, located in Sydney’s CBD, invests in the very best technology available on the planet. We provide comprehensive eye examinations using the latest in cutting-edge technology to assess and care for the health of your eyes.
Dry Eye Assessment
Of recent years Dr Jim Kokkinakis has developed an expertise in dry eye management – so much so that we now have patients that travel from as far as Perth, Melbourne, and even New Zealand to our Dry Eye Clinic in Sydney.
Part of what sets us apart is the technology we use:
The LipiView allows two very important measurements and observations:
- Blinking frequency and completeness – this is important in the creation and distribution of the tear film. The tear film lubricates and protects the ocular surface from infection and irritation. LipiView captures a 19 second video, which measures the frequency and completeness of each blink. Infrequent or incomplete blinking is a major cause of dry eye and ocular surface disease.
- Lipid Layer Thickness – this is an important component of the tear film. It is recognised that over 80% of dry problems are related to an unstable lipid layer of the tear film, which allows excessive evaporation to occur. LipiView allows us to measure the thickness of the lipid layer, which in turn can be monitored over time to assess the success of our treatment recommendations.
Whereas LipiView is used in the diagnosis of dry eye disease, LipiFlow is used in its treatment. It treats meibomian gland dysfunction (insufficient lipid layer thickness) by simultaneously heating and massaging the meibomian glands. There is no other technology like this and we are proud to say that currently (2016) we are only one of a few installations in the country.
At The Eye Practice, we routinely provide digital imaging for all our patients. Our Digital Retinal Camera allows us to take a high resolution image of the back of your eye. This allows a more detailed and wider-angled view than would normally be achieved with conventional observation methods. Even the most subtle, early signs of an eye condition can be captured.
Retinal photography provides a baseline for the condition of your eye. This makes future changes much easier to monitor. This technology is especially valuable in detecting and monitoring slow developing, sight-threatening conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration and the eye-related effects of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Your retinal images are kept on file to monitor future changes allowing direct comparisons to be made from visit to visit.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
OCT is another way we provide a comprehensive test in the Sydney CBD area to our patients to detect the early signs of any eye conditions before they affect your eyesight.
The OCT is a diagnostic imaging device that takes a cross-sectional image of the retina (the inner back surface of the eye). Our highly trained optometrists will detect the early signs of retinal disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Anterior Segment OCT
We also perform OCT on the front segment of the eye including the cornea (clear front cover of the eye), the iris (coloured circle of the eye), and the lens of the eye (which is housed just behind the iris and pupil).
This high resolution imaging system is used to accurately measure corneal thickness prior to and following laser vision correction. It gives the most detailed cross-sectional view of the cornea, which is highly useful in monitoring conditions related to the front of the eye such as keratoconus.
Integral in a practice so heavily involved with contact lenses, the corneal topographer is used to map the shape of the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye). This technology provides optometrists at The Eye Practice in Sydney CBD with a three dimensional representation of a patient’s eye.
With this information in hand, the contact lenses most suitable for that particular patient can be chosen from stock or custom made at the laboratory. This enables our optometrists to ensure that your contact lenses fit comfortably and provide you with the clearest vision possible.
Corneal topography is also used extensively to monitor degenerative diseases of the cornea such as keratoconus and to be able to monitor and manage patients that have had corneal transplants.
Visual Field Assessment
In the early stages of glaucoma, most people are unaware that they are developing the condition. By enabling early detection of visual field defects, our detailed visual field assessment improves the success of glaucoma treatment to prevent eyesight loss.
The Eye Practice performs a visual field assessment on virtually every patient encounter. This is because we believe that an eye test is not just about reading a letter chart, which only accounts for the central 2% of our vision. The other 98% of our vision is just as important.