The Optomap® Retinal Exam
We Offer the Optomap Retinal Exam to Improve Eye Disease Detection
An Optomap retinal exam gives our eye doctors 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 optometrists 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 optometrists in Newington and South Windsor 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 Get an Optomap Retinal Exam?
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 or Newington optometrists 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 and South Windsor, 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, our optometrists can examine your retina more closely than ever to identify signs of disease and begin early treatment.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Optical Coherence Tomography is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the retina. It has the ability to detect problems in the eye prior to any symptoms being present in the patient. With an OCT, doctors are able to see a cross section or 3D image of the retina and detect the early onset of a variety of eye conditions and eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (the top three diseases known to cause blindness).
To learn more about the benefits of an Optomap retinal exam or to schedule you and your family’s eye exams in South Windsor or Newington, please call Aucello Eyecare Center today at (860) 644-4362 or (860) 667-2020.