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The eye doctors at Corinth Eye Clinic and Weeden Eye Clinic recommend patients of all ages get an Optomap retinal exam during the eye and vision exam or pediatric eye exam.
The Optomap retinal exam is a digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can capture 82% view of your retina at one time.
What are the benefits of getting an Optomap retinal exam?
A thorough examination of the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye, is a vital part of comprehensive eye health and vision care. The retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. Along with eye conditions and diseases, a retinal examination can reveal signs of other systemic issues you may be unaware of because of their impact on your blood vessels.
The Optomap retinal exam can identify eye diseases in the early stages, before you can observe any symptoms, and can help you preserve and protect your healthy vision. Here are some of the conditions an Optomap retinal exam can identify:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. An Optomap exam can help detect early signs of AMD, which can be treated to slow or prevent further vision loss.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss. An Optomap exam can help detect early signs of glaucoma, which can be treated to slow or prevent further vision loss.
A retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the underlying tissue. This can lead to vision loss if not treated promptly. An Optomap exam can help detect early signs of retinal detachment, which can be treated to prevent further vision loss.
Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision loss. An Optomap exam can help detect early signs of diabetic retinopathy, which can be treated to slow or prevent further vision loss.
Ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the eye. It is a rare cancer, but it is important to identify and treat it promptly, as it can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
An Optomap retinal exam can help detect early signs of ocular melanoma by providing a detailed view of the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the choroid (the layer of blood vessels behind the retina). During the exam, the doctor will look for any suspicious-looking growths or changes in the eye that could be a sign of melanoma.
Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens of the eye that can cause vision loss. An Optomap exam can help detect early signs of cataracts, which can be treated to restore vision.
An Optomap exam can also help detect high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure can cause changes in the blood vessels in the retina, which can be seen during an Optomap exam. High blood pressure can increase the risk of serious complications, including stroke and heart attack.
What to expect when getting an Optomap retinal exam
Getting an Optomap retinal exam is painless. Nothing touches the eye at any point during the scan. It is safe for children, adults, and pregnant women to get an Optomap retinal exam.
During the exam, you will be asked to look into the device one eye at a time, and you’ll see a flash of light which will let you know that the image of your retina has been taken. The scan takes less than a second to complete.
Getting an Optomap may allow you to skip dilation during your eye exam. If you choose to get an Optomap scan and do not have any retinal disease symptoms or risk factors, you may be able to skip having your eyes dilated during your eye and vision exam.
Early signs of disease can be present in the periphery of the retina and remain undetected for a long time when using traditional methods. While traditional methods typically only show 15% of the retina at one time, the Optomap ultra-widefield retinal image captures more than 80% of the retina in a single image. The unique Optomap ultra-widefield view helps your doctor detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.
Your digital scan will be a permanent record for your medical file so that your doctors can track changes in your eyes over time. It is generally recommended that an Optomap is taken during every eye and vision exam.