Unlike existing technologies, GDx provides a rapid, objective and accurate evaluation of the eye because it measures the site of glaucoma damage, not just a symptom of the disease (such as failing a visual field exam).
The GDx is the only exam to directly measure the tissue affected by glaucoma.
Measurements are automatically compared to normative data for your age/sex/race. This data is specific not just to your eye as a whole, but to each of the 4 quadrants of both eyes.
The patented technology used by the GDx uses a near infra-red laser to double pass the retinal nerve fiber layer. It is then split into two parallel rays by the birefringent fibers of your eye. The two rays travel at different speeds and this difference (called retardation) directly correlates to the layer thickness. This is what is being measured.
During this incredibly fast laser measurement, 65,536 points are measured in a full 15 degree field. Actual measurements are available for each and every point. Only GDx can provide this measurement of the nerve fiber layer. Only GDx can provide this measurement of the nerve fiber layer.
What are the steps?
The higher the number, the higher the probability a patient has glaucoma.
The GDx has the ability to do serial analysis, which allows your doctor to track disease progression over time as exams are repeated. Because of this, treatments your doctor may prescribe may be monitored for their effectiveness.