Question : Please describe what the Optomap is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.
The Optomap is a retinal imaging device used to evaluate the health of the retina (the back of the eye).
It uses different wavelengths of light and internal mirrors within the device to capture a large view of the retina within a single image.
Question : What components, or how much of the retina, does this look at and give imaging for?
The Optomap is an ultra-widefield retinal imaging technology that can capture a digital image of more than 80% of the retina (the back of the eye) in less than a quarter of a second. Traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time.
Question : What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?
Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, it can reveal signs of systemic disease. For example, signs of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma, Retinal Tears, Retinal Detachment, and Ocular Melanoma are some of the most important eye diseases that can be revealed by having an Optomap. But the scan can also reveal signs of diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and heart disease.
Question : 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?
No other technology can show 80% of the retina simultaneously. Having the ability to quickly obtain an ultra wide-field image of the retina in a scan that takes less than a quarter of a second to capture is extremely useful.
The Optomap also creates a permanent record of the retina that can be used for future comparison, and the patient can see their own retina along with the doctor during the eye exam because the results are available immediately.
The Optomap can also allow us to view the retina without the use of dilation drops in most cases. This makes having an eye exam with an Optomap very convenient for patients.
Question : Can you describe the patient experience when using the Optomap?
It couldn’t be more simple. We simply align the appropriate eye with a fixation target, and capture the image with a flash similar to a camera.
Question : Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out, appreciate the upgrade in technology?
Many of our patients appreciate the fact that having an Optomap can be an adequate substitute for dilation for a routine exam. Patients also like the ability to see what their own retina looks like, and the ability to compare the images year after year.
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