What is an Optomap Image?
Getting an Optomap image is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. 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.
Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but Discovery Optometry will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on your conditions. The capture takes less than a second. Images are available immediately for review. You can see your own retina. You see exactly what Discovery Optometry sees - even in a 3D animation.
The Optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time.
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.
1. Why is a retinal exam so important?
Some of the first signs of diseases such as stroke, diabetes and even some cancers can be seen in your retina, often before you have other symptoms. An Optomap makes it easier to see them.
2. What is an Optomap?
The Optomap is a panoramic digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can show a wide 82% view of your retina at one time.
3. How will Optomap benefit me?
The ultra-widefield Optomap may help your eye doctor detect problems more quickly and easily. Unlike traditional retinal exams, the optomap image can be saved for future comparisons.
4. Are there side effects?
Optomap images are created by non-invasive, low-intensity scanning lasers. No adverse health effects have been reported in over 50 million sessions.
5. Is an Optomap safe for children?
Yes. In fact, many vision problems begin in early childhood, so it's important for children to receive quality routine eye care.
6. Does it hurt?
No. It is completely comfortable and the scan takes less than a second.
7. How often should I have an optomap?
This is a decision that should be made by your doctor. However, it is generally recommended that you have an optomap each time you have an eye exam.