Optomap Technology, How Does it Effect You ? - 05/25/17
During your next visit with Dr. Kriegstein, Dr. Townshend, Dr. Kenney or Dr Bates, staff will be pleased to introduce the addition of the Optomap Digital Imaging System. You will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of technology in the context of preventative medicine, and wellness. The Optomap is a screening tool for early detection of disease and abnormalities of the posterior segment of the eye. The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases and for improved treatment, it is essential to detect concerns as early as possible before progression and vision loss occur. This is especially important for those with systemic issues including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and a history of certain cancers. A routine, undilated retinal exam provides only a limited view of the retina (typically up to about 45 degrees), while a wide field Optomap image provides up to a 200 degree view of the retina. The color image provided is comparable to a dilated eye exam, without the lingering short term side effects of blurred vision and light sensitivity that comes with dilating your pupil. The image is viewable immediately and will be reviewed during your exam. Your doctor will guide you as to whether dilation is required along with digital imaging. The image then becomes part of your permanent eye record and can be referenced in the future, as required.
To answer common questions, you can wear your contact lenses during imaging and since imaging does not blur your vision or make you light sensitive, driving is not effected. Patients who note no concerns with their vision may wonder why retinal imaging is so important. When detected early, many retinal issues can be treated to avoid progression and visual symptoms. Although the Optomap has been available and FDA approved since 1999 for patients of all ages, many advancements and improvements have increased the effectiveness of the imaging tool. Imaging is non-invasive, causes no pain and does not require any preparation on the patient's part.
Our commitment to eyecare and good eye health keeps us learning and providing updates for our patients. If you are interested in learning more, give the office a call and ask for our technical staff who will be available to answer your questions.
We look forward to seeing you next. Be Well. See link below for video about retinal imaging.