EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPTOMAP RETINAL IMAGING
1) Please describe what the Optomap is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.
The Optomap is used to obtain an ultra-widefield digital image of the retina without the need for dilation drops. A low powered scanning laser is used to capture the image.
2) What components or how much of the retina does this look at and give imaging for?
The Optomap can display over 80% of the retina.
3) What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?
Diabetes, hypertension, tumors, retinal tears and detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc…
4) What is it about this particular technology that you find most exciting; the component that made you feel you need to invest in this for your practice?
The most exciting thing about this technology is that it allows us to provide a high level of eye care in an easy and comfortable manner for our patients.
5) Can you describe the patient experience when using the Optomap?
The technician helps the patient adjust their head into the correct position in the instrument. The patient will notice a mild brief flash of light when the image is taken. The actual scan only takes a quarter of a second!
6) Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out, appreciate the upgrade in technology?
Our patients LOVE Optos technology! Because of our detailed Optos imaging results, many patients have found that other areas of their health needed attention that they were not previously aware of. Our Optos technology can actually help to improve your overall health in addition to diagnosing the eye!
7) How does this technology improve comprehensive eye exams compared to the days when we did not have Optomap Retinal Imaging?
Before the Optomap Retinal Exam, we would have to rely on dilating eye drops to get the full, complete view of the retina that was needed to conduct a thorough eye health evaluation. The dilated eye examination could often be uncomfortable for patients, and the side effects of the drops would usually last for a few hours. By having a digital image taken, the patient does not have to suffer from any side effects, and the images can be compared to one another year after year, allowing the doctor to catch and diagnose eye disease at their earliest, and most treatable stages.
8) To what patients do you recommend using the Optomap?
We recommend the Optomap to every single patient!
9) Are there certain feelings or vision issues that a person may notice that would point to the need for Retinal Imaging?
Most eye diseases are not detectable by the patient at their earliest stages, but if a person notices any sudden loss of vision, flashing lights, or new floaters, a comprehensive eye exam combined with an Optomap scan would be a very good idea.
To get your retina examined visit Dr. Tran and Dr. Nguyen at Infinity Eyecare + Optical today!