ADDRESS

Rods & Cones Eyecare
Unit 4, Ashleigh Centre,
Castleknock,
Dublin 15,
Ireland

Tel:  (01) 8211612

Email:   info@rodsandcones.ie

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Opening Hours:

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10 to 6
Wednesday - 10 to 6
Thursday - 10 to 8 (Late Night)
Friday - 10 to 6
Saturday - 10 to 6
Sunday - Closed

We do not close for lunch.
Out of hours appointments available upon request.

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Clinical Equipment

The advancements in modern eye care have been helped greatly by technology. Sight threatening eye conditions that may have previously gone undetected, such as Macular Degeneration( ARMD) , Glaucoma, or Diabetic Retinopathy, can now be detected early by taking hi resolution , wide angle images of the retina (inside the back of the eye).This early detection ensures a wider range of treatment options and reduces the chance of permanent visual loss.

We have invested greatly in our equipment from the start and feel we have one of the most advanced testing rooms in Dublin with the most up to date clinical and opththalmic instruments.

 

Nidek AFC 210

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We use the Nidek AFC 210 to examine the back of the inside of the eye , essentially the retina. It is a far superior method of examination compared to ophthalmoscopy ( objectively looking inside the eye using an ophthamoscope) and is excellent for instantly diagnosing any abnormal ocular conditions. It is invaluable in monitoring any changes to the retina that may occcur for patients with Glaucoma , ARMD , or Diabetes.

A series of hi resolution images of each eye are taken and then examined closely. They are stored  with the patients file and can then be compared with images at subsequent visits. In an emergency situation ,  we often e mail the images to an emergency eye department for an immediate opinion by an ophthalmologist ( eye doctor). This is the gold standard in maintaining the health of your eye.

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CSO Digital Slit Lamp

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Slit lapms are mainly used in contact lens assessments and for examining the front structures of the eye , mostly the cornea and the crystalline lens , and is common to most practices.

The CSO Digital Video Slit Lamp is unique to Rods & Cones as it takes images and video.

Hi resolution digital images are ideal for examining the health of the cornea and the appearance of the crystalline lens.

Digital video , normally a 10-20 second clip , is used to evaluate the fit and movement of a contact lens , and also the quality of tear production which is important in the management of dry eye.

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Oculus Visual Field Analyser

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The Oculus Visual Field Analyser is used to detect if there are any defects to your field of vision.

A series of flashing lights , in both the central and peripheral visual field , are presented to the patient. Failure to see some of the lights will register as a loss of that part of their visual field. A print out of the resulting areas of visual field loss can be examined and the apropriate management initiated.

A patient may report no visual symptoms , but a routine examination of their visual field may show some peripheral vision loss in one or both eyes. A defect in one eye may be masked or compensated for by the other eye, as we use both eyes together. Such defects  will only be revealed by examining each eye on its own.

It is essential in the early detection of Glaucama , which can present with no symptoms. If there is a family history of Glaucoma and you are over 40 , it is recommended that you have a visual field exam on a yearly basis.

The Oculus Visual Field Analyser is used by ophthalmologists world wide. In adition to its role screening for Glaucoma, is also used to determine the extent of visual field loss for patients with Retinal Detctments , Retinal Haemhorrages , and Macular Degeneration among other conditions.

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Keeler Pulsair IntelliPuff® Non-Contact Tonometer

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Commonly known as the ‘ puffer test ‘ , a tonometer is primarily used in the screening of Glaucoma. It measures the IOP ( internal ocular pressure ) of the eye. The Keeler Pulsair IntelliPuff® Non-Contact Tonometer is the most advanced in its sensitivity and accuracy. It delivers immediate results and is less invasive than other tonometers.

 It is a painless procedure whereby a puff of air is delivered to the corneal surface which causes a momentary depression - followed by a reflex and the cornea returning to its original form. Sensors measure how fast this occurs and calibrates a measurement.

Anything under 22 on the scale is satisfactory. Consistant results over 22 would merit further investigation and may in certain circumstaces indicate Glaucoma. However , elevetaed IOP  alone is not an automatic diagnosis of Glaucama , as other examination data would need to be taking into account , such as Visual Fields , Retinal Imaging and optc disc appearance as well a any change to the vision.