The Optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image, without the need for dilation. Not only does the Optomap give our doctors the ability to screen for retinal detachments and tumors, but it also allows for the detection of cells that are dying as a result of systemic diseases such as diabetes. The Optomap now gives us the ability to look deeper into the eye than traditional retinal evaluation techniques because serious eye conditions can occur at any age.
The patient places their eye to be photographed up to the instrument and the doctor's assistant positions the patient for a photograph and takes the picture. The Optomap captures its image in only 1/4 of a second. The photographer takes two photos and evaluates the images. If the images look good the same thing is repeated on the second eye.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam was Featured on the TV Show The Doctors.
The Optomap is not necessarily better than dilation. The Optomap® Retinal Exam is a great tool to use in addition to dilation or when a patient cannot be dilated.In some cases the view provided by the Optomap is superior to that of pupil dilation. For example, a patient that is very light sensitive will often refuse to have their pupils dilated because of the pain they experience. The dilated view of a very photosensitive patient is often poor because it is difficult for the patient to keep their eyes open or to look in the appropriate direction. The Optomap captures an image with a brief flash that even light sensitive patients do not object to, allowing the to doctor view the results without discomfort to the patient. The Optomap allows for a more comfortable retinal exam.
The short answer is almost everyone is a good candidate for the Optomap® Retinal Exam. We find, however, that some of the best candidates for the Optomap® Retinal Exam are those patients that can't or don't want to be dilated, children, anyone with a history of eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and people that are light sensitive, just to name a few.
The benefits of having an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image taken are:
The unique Optomap ultra-widefield view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.
Early detection means successful treatments can be administered and reduces the risk to your sight and health.