The Optomap Retinal Exam

The optomap Retinal Exam is Used by an Eye Doctor to Get an Ultra-Widefield View of the Retina (the back of the eye)

While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy. This can lead to early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer.

An exam with the Optomap is quick, painless, and may not require dilation drops. Nothing touches your eye at any time. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.


What is the Optomap?

The Optomap Retinal Exam provides a panoramic view of the back of a person’s eye (the retina). The view provided by the Optomap displays over 80% of the retina.

How does the Optomap work?

The patient places their eye to be photographed up to the instrument for the photograph and takes a picture. The Optomap captures its image in only ¼ of a second.

An alternative to dilation.

The Optomap® Retinal Exam is a great tool to use in addition to dilation or when a patient can’t, or doesn’t want to 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 inconvenience 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 images with a brief flash that even light sensitive patients do not object to, allowing the doctor to view the results without discomfort to the patient. The Optomap allows for a more comfortable retinal exam.

Benefits of an optomap

The benefits of having an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image taken are:

  • optomap facilitates early protection from vision impairment or blindness
  • Early detection of life-threatening diseases like cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease

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

For whom is the Optomap Recommended?

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.

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