OPTOMAP ULTRA-WIDEFIELD RETINAL IMAGING
Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye – the retina, is critical to eye health. Doctors use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye. Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 20% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, (“the periphery”), so examining this area is extremely important.
Because seeing the entire retina is so important, we haveinvested in the most advanced camera for ultra-widefield photography and angiography. In a single, quick shot, this camera produces “optomap” photos or angiograms of about 82% of the retina.
These optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye cameras.
The optomap exam is quick and painless and combined with the thorough eye exams our doctors are trained to provide this advanced technology offers a new level of diagnostic confidence. We are proud and happy to offer this service to our patients.
BENEFITS OF OPTOMAP, as part of your eye exam:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more comprehensive view than they can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows our doctors to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap is fast, easy, and comfortable for anyone. The entire image process consists of you looking into the device one eye at a time. The optomap images are shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
There have been no reported adverse health effects in more than 50 million sessions.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE AN OPTOMAP?
This is something that should be decided by you and your eye doctor. However, it is common to have an Optomap in conjunction with your annual eye exam.
IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Yes. It is also recommended that children receive an annual eye exam as many vision problems begin at an early age.
See how Optomap helped save Christina’s vision. Thousands of patients nationwide have benefitted from Optomap. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.