We are pleased to inform you that during your next visit to our practice you will have the opportunity to experience our new comprehensive eye examination that uses modern technology - the Optomap® Retinal Exam. The Optomap® Retinal Exam gives us the most extensive ultra wide view of your retina that technology permits. This examination helps us check the health of your retina and detect early signs of many conditions which, if left untreated, can affect your eyes and your overall health. The Optomap scan captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-15% of your retina at one time.
The retina is a delicate lining at the back of your eye similar to film in a camera. Light strikes the retina through the lens in your eye and produces a picture which is then sent to the brain, enabling you to see. An unhealthy retina cannot send clear signals to your brain which can result in impaired vision. The retina has no nerve endings and you may not feel any pain so there could be a problem that you are not aware of. Most retinal conditions and other diseases can be treated successfully with early detection.
Your retina is the only place in the body where your blood vessels can be seen directly. This means in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases can be seen in the retina; for example:-
- heart disease,
- age related macular degeneration (amd),
The Optomap® Retinal Examination is suitable for all ages – from children to adults. In fact it was designed by Douglas Anderson in response to his 5 year old son going blind in one eye due to a retinal detachment. No pupil dilation is required and the exam can be taken even in the presence of cataracts. The procedure is very quick, simple and nothing touches your eye at anytime; the push of a button generates an electronic image of your retina, which we can then instantly examine to ensure the retina is normal and healthy. This image will then be kept for comparison during your next visit. We believe the Optomap® Retinal Exam is one of the most significant advances in eye care we have ever seen and we recommend that all of our patients make this part of their regular eye examination.
Some practices use fundus cameras to take a picture of the retina so it may be that you had one of these. Fundus cameras image approx 15% of the retina at one time compared to 80% with Optomap. We recommend you have an Optomap every time you have your eye exam so we can check your eyes are healthy.