The Optomap® Retinal Exam
Optomap Retinal Exam, an ultra-widefield retinal examination, is the revolutionary diagnostic tool that allows clinicians to view a majority of the retina. The Optomap Retinal Exam is a non-dilating camera that captures a digital image of the retina. The Optomap allows the doctor to capture a 200° high-resolution image of the retina in a single shot– without dilation — in a quarter of a second. It’s easy for the patient, takes just a few minutes to perform, and is immediately available for review with the patient in the exam room.Dilation, the traditional method, requires eye drops that enlarge the pupil area and blurs vision for approximately 4 to 6 hours. The drops require 20 to 30 minutes to take affect and then another 10 minutes of evaluation with a bright light source and a magnifying lens. The resulting clinical evaluation is similar to the Optomap, if the clinician is experienced, patient is cooperative and pupil dilation is maximized. Unfortunately, many patients are unable to tolerate the bright light source necessary to perform an ideal dilated eye exam.
Dr. Lewis recommends Optomap retinal imaging because:
- It allows for enlargement of image to see more detailed view of the retina
- It takes just a few minutes start-to-finish, a much shorter office visit than if dilation is performed
- You leave the office with vision intact, rather than with light-sensitivity and blur
- Creates a permanent record
- Allows for future comparisons–we can compare this year’s image to next year’s image—side by side
- Can be reviewed by other doctors, if necessary
What can the Optomap® detect?
Both ocular and systemic disease can be detected with the Optomap. The device allows us to evaluate your retina for problems such as macular degeneration, retinal holes, retinal detachments, hypertension and diabetic retinopathy. Benign nevi or “freckles” of the back of the eye can also be found just like freckles on your skin. A device like the Optomap is critical to differentiate benign “freckles” versus malignant melanomas of the retina. The Optomap allows you the opportunity to see the inside of your eye just as the doctor sees it!
Do I have to have an Optomap®?
No. While we recommend having an Optomap during your routine exam, it is not required.
What does it cost to have an Optomap®?
The fee for an Optomap is only $25. In most cases this is not covered by insurance. But we firmly believe that the benefits of an Optomap are well worth the cost.
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