I went for my yearly eye check-up today and I was so impressed. I did not know a lot about eye technology before I started to work with Kowa, but since then I have learned so much. I was excited for this doctor visit because I wanted to see which technology they were using and I wanted to ask about the EMR technology.
I had a nurse check out my eyes in the beginning just the usual hold the tool over your eye read the screen and so on. Then we did a peripheral vision test (mine is perfect). THEN she asked if she could take a picture of the back of my eyes. This was a first for me, I knew about the technology because I have been researching eye technology, but this was a new machine at this office. She told me there would be additional co-pay for these pictures, but I figured I would try the machine out. I held my face up and she made it look at this disk and then a large flash and I could see the picture on the screen next to me.
I was waiting to see how this would later be used, would the pictures be printed? Digitally shown to me? Can they be transferred around the office? I was soon to find out. The doctor came in to finish my eye check-up and give me my new prescription. He then did a glaucoma test, which was easy and not disturbing to the eyes. THEN he asked how I’d like my retinas tested – camera, or the old way? Normally they do this horrible exam where they dilate my pupils and I can’t see for a few hours. I realized that this would not be okay, since I had to work right after. So I said yes, please take a picture! After he turned on his computer and showed me pictures of both the back of my eyes and retina’s so I could understand what they were showing.
I was so impressed by all this new technology. The visit took 30 minutes and another 20 for me to choose my classes. This visit used to take 45 minutes to an hour and another 20 minutes for me to choose glasses. It has cut the visit time down making it easier and faster for the patient and doctor. My doctor’s office does not yet have any of the workflow technology but it’s planning on investing in some. The new eye technology is very helpful and has improved doctor visits vastly.
I would like to introduce Kowa Ophthalmic Systems. Kowa Ophthalmic Systems was founded in 1980 and is part of Kowa Company Ltd., which was founded in 1894. Kowa Electronics and Optics Division have combined electronics, mechanics, and optics to create the newest technologies in eye care. We are devoted to promoting progressive health legislations, and improving products and systems through out the health care industry. Kowa is currently offering 5 main systems for eye care – the Automatic Perimeter, Digital Imaging Systems, Slit Lamps, Tonometers and NEITZ Binocular Loupes.
The Automatic Perimeter (AP-5000C) is used for static and kinetic perimetry and is easy to operate using its mouse. The test results are visually easy to understand and the analysis functions are versatile. The data is store in a PC, which makes it easy to integrate other software programs.
We offer four different Digital Imaging Systems, each with a unique feature. Out Kowa VX-10 α/ VK-2 as well as our Kowa nomyd α-D III/VK-2 our both doctor and patient friendly. They integrate the most advanced components and technologies with imaging input as well as networking capabilities, which makes these products crucial for today’s practices.
Our Kowa nomyd7/VK-2 is an easy to use funds camera, which offers high-resolution photography. Our last Digital Imaging System is the Kowa Handheld Genesis D/Df/VK-2 is a retinal 2 mega-pixel camera for color and FA photography. It is small and light weight which can turn any space into a clinic.
We have two different Slit Lamps as well. Out Digital Slit Lamp Imaging System adds images to slit lamps and features live video feeds as well as still photos. Our Kowa SL-15 Slit Lamp is portable and has a rechargeable power source. It offers even illumination and high quality optics.
We provide two Tonometers, one portable and compact and one in-office machine. The Kowa Applanation Tonometer is lightweight and easy to handle using one hand. The direct reading type precision means no conversion tables are necessary. Our Kowa KT-500 is our newest Tonometer and offers 3D auto-alignment functions and high-speed printouts.
Our last product is the NEITZ Binocular Loupes the BLS-1 and BLS-3, which both offer large view of field diameter. Objects can be seen stereoscopically and focus and pupillary distance can be adjusted to minimize fatigue after prolonged use.
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