The Optomap® Retinal Exam
We Offer the Optomap Retinal Exam to Improve Eye Disease Detection
An Optomap retinal exam gives your eye doctor a detailed, panoramic view of the retina lying at the back of the eye. By placing your eye in front of (not on) the Optomap instrument, your Aucello Eyecare optometrist can capture images of the retina every one-quarter of a second. These images are then examined to determine whether abnormalities exist within or surrounding the retina. Although not necessarily a better option to dilation, the Optomap retinal exam may be used instead of dilation when a patient does not or cannot have their eyes dilated. For example, photosensitive people have difficulty keeping their eyes open during a dilation procedure involving the use of an intense, white light. With Optomap, the flash of light occurring before an image capture is so brief that many patients don’t even notice the flash.
How Does the Optomap Device Work?
Noninvasive and taking less than a minute to complete, an Optomap retinal exam utilizes a low-laser powered scanning ophthalmoscope to digitally perform a retinal scan. Different wavelengths of light capture images of your retina that your optometrist in Newington can filter for examination of each layer of the retina. Images are immediately viewable on a computer screen and stored for later comparison by your eye doctor. They may also be sent via email to specialists if necessary.
Should I Have an Optomap Retinal Exam During My Eye Exams in South Windsor?
If you are over 35, suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure or other diseases that may affect your vision and eye health, you should consider an Optomap retinal exam. Children usually prefer Optomap over having their eyes dilated because the procedure does not involve their South Windsor optometrist touching their eyes, using dilating eye drops or shining uncomfortably bright lights into their eyes.
What Diseases Can an Optomap Retinal Exam Detect?
In addition to detecting glaucoma in its earliest stages, Optomap retinal scanning imagery can also discover the onset of age-related macular degeneration, cancer (melanoma of the eye), diabetic retinopathy and asymptomatic retinal detachment. During their eye exams in Newington, many patients who have no idea they have high blood pressure find out through an Optomap exam that they may have hypertension. Signs of prehypertension and hypertension often appear initially in the eye when blood vessels narrow abnormally or spots appear on the retina. With state-of-the-art digital imagery technology provided by Optomap, your optometrist can examine your retina more closely than ever to identify signs of disease and begin early treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of an Optomap retinal exam or to schedule you and your family’s eye exams in South Windsor, please call Aucello Eyecare Center today at (860) 644-4362.