Optomap Retinal Scan

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A 10-second photo will ensure a better eye exam.
Our doctors recommend the optomap scan every year, at every annual eye exam.

Our goal is to detect problems sooner, before you sense something is wrong.  Early detection means better odds: damage can be reversible, treatment has better odds, and your lifestyle remains less changed.   The optomap imager helps us achieve this goal by showing your doctor the inside of your eye in wide-angle and high-definition.

At our office, our doctors have used the optomap to detect:

  • cancer
  • retinal detachment
  • stroke
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • glaucoma
  • hypertension retinopathy
  • retinal holes
  • retinal bleeds
  • macular degeneration
  • choroidal nevus
  • vitreo-retinal traction

Even normal scans are invaluable.  We can compare your future eye back to that normal moment from the past, with photographic accuracy.

  



How does Optomap work?

The retina is the orange wallpaper lining the back of your eye.

It converts light into vision, and you need it to see. If it's not working, glasses and contacts won't matter.


  

Using standard methods and dilation drops, this is how much of the retina the doctor can see: 
  
Only a lighted sliver can be analyzed at a time.  It is similar to checking the walls of a dark room using only a flashlight beam.  The doctor moves the light beam around and must piece together the entire map using tiny, fragmented views.  Oftentimes, patients go home feeling light-sensitive and blurry for 2-8 hours afterwards.


With the Optomap, a short camera click presents an image of an astounding 200 degrees of the retina -- all at once and in more detail than is visible to the human eye.

The test is quick and painless and takes seconds to finish, with or without dilation drops.

Because it is so quick and painless, the optomap imager works with all ages, kids to elders.



 


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