Our Surgeons are always on the lookout for additional diagnostic equipment that will contribute to an individualized treatment plan for refractive surgery patients. The iTrace is especially helpful when patients with previous RK surgery are ready to seek cataract surgery with lifestyle lenses. The iTrace offers a better picture and helps open the conversation between surgeon and patient to achieve realistic expectations based on specific multifaceted data. This article may better describe the benefits of pre-surgical refractive diagnostic testing at The Harman Eye Clinic.
What is an iTrace exam?
The iTrace exam is a very quick reading taken with an imaging device. The iTrace’s breakthrough technology quickly provides technical information about your vision that is not available through other tests performed during a typical eye exam.
Our staff position you at the instrument and quickly acquires the data. It is painless, non-invasive and does not require your eyes to be dilated. Your doctor uses this unique information about your eyes to make clinical decisions.
How is the iTrace different?
The iTrace uses “Star Wars” technology that was first developed for space and military applications. The iTrace measures the eye differently than any other test available and gives information to your doctor that no other tests can. Your iTrace Exam can help your doctor better answer many questions you might have about your eyes, including:
- Am I a LASIK candidate?
- Do I suffer from Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome?
- Am I a candidate for a Premium Lifestyle Lens Implant?
- If I had RK in the past, can I still choose a Lifestyle Lens Implant with cataract surgery?
- Is my astigmatism correctable?
- Why can’t I see well at night?
- Why am I having vision problems even after cataract surgery?
- Is there anything that can be done to improve my vision?
How will your surgeon use the information from your iTrace Exam?
The iTrace analysis can be used for solving many vision problems. For example, if you are interested in refractive surgery or LASIK, your surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate. If you are in your 40s or 50s and not seeing as clearly as you did when you were younger, your doctor can know which vision component of your eye is causing the change. If you have a cataract, your doctor will use the iTrace information to help select the best intra-ocular lens (IOL) for your eye and to plan surgery. If you are having night vision difficulty, your doctor can analyze how your eyes see in light and dark conditions and possibly prescribe a different pair of glasses for nighttime. The iTrace gives your surgeon information that has not been available through other tests, and this will allow him to customize his treatment options to give you the best possible vision.
The iTrace measures quality of vision and visual function using a fundamental thin beam principle of optical ray tracing, a first in eye care diagnostics. The iTrace sequentially projects 256 near-infrared laser beams into the eye to measure forward aberrations, processing data point-by-point. This 5-in-1 system provides auto-refraction, corneal topography, ray tracing aberrometry, pupillometry and auto-keratometry. Our Surgeons compare these measurements with the more traditional measurements taken during your exam. What does this means for you? A higher chance of best vision after your surgical procedure or, even more important, saving you from having a surgery that cannot meet your vision expectations.
The Harman Eye Clinic
903 Medical Center Drive, Arlington WA 98223
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