By Scott Shiner
Kuna Melba News staff writer
Dr. Robert Grigg and Dr. Lisa Grigg of ClarifEye Family Eyecare were one of the first optometrists in the United States to receive the state of the art Optomap. This device is designed to take a 3D image of the inside of the eye. This allows the doctors to not only get a complete picture of the health of the eye, but can also detect other health related issues.
“The eye is the only place in the body where we can see living blood vessels without cutting into the body,” said Dr. Robert Grigg.
Traditional equipment only allows optometrists to see 10-12% of the interior of the eye at one time, like being in a dark room and looking around with a flashlight. The Optomap allows the eye doctor to capture 80% of the retina in one panoramic image. This allows the doctor more time to review the image and educate the patient about their eye health.
Also, by having this ability to see every part of the eye Dr. Grigg has been able to identify the early stages of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and high blood pressure. Not long ago during a routine exam Dr. Grigg identified what he thought was a brain tumor in one of his patients. The patient went to a neurologist who found the tumor and was able to treat it early, saving the patient’s life.
“This is really an amazing piece of equipment,” said Grigg.
The Optomap screening is painless and takes just a few seconds. The process is much easier for children than the traditional method and a digital record can be kept for future comparison.
As great as the new Optomap is, the Griggs’ aren’t new to this type of technology. ClarifEye has had an earlier version of the Optomap for nearly seven years now, which was bigger, noisier, and not as accurate. Dr. Grigg and his wife flew out to Scotland to get trained on the new equipment late last year.
ClarifEye also became an Oakley dealer the first of the month, in addition to their other name brand lines such as, Vera Bradley, Bebe, Nike and Roxy, just to name a few. Dr. Grigg is excited to provide Oakley products to the community.
“Oakley is selective whom they choose to represent them,” said Grigg.
Many Oakley frames are unique in that they either come with two sets of interchangeable temples, or rotatable decorative accessories, to allow for variation in appearance. So far they appear to be quite popular.
“I’ve never seen anything sell so fast,” said Dr. Grigg.
ClarifEye also sells a wide selection of contact lenses and keep a large stock of disposable lenses on hand, so that the patient can leave with their initial pair while waiting for the rest to be ordered in.
The Griggs’ have been in business for eleven years. Robert and Lisa met at Boise State University and attended optometry school together before opening their practice in Kuna.