The Optomap retinal imaging is a revolutionary tool that allows eye doctors to see more of the retina than ever before. The Optomap takes a high resolution image showing a 200 degree view of the retina. Before Optos, we were only able to see a 45 degree view of the retina and now we see a 200 degree view (80% of the eye). It takes less than a second to take this image and is available for immediate review. In most cases, Optos can take place of dilation so vision is not compromised.
The Optos imaging technology allows us to give our patients a more thorough eye exam. It is much easier to detect problems in the eye. We can then diagnosis and treat conditions earlier. Conditions such as retinal detachment, optic nerve swelling, choroidal melanoma, and changes in the eye due to diabetes can be detected much earlier with Optos.
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This image shows bleeding and changes to the retina in a patient with diabetes. Many diabetics do not notice any changes in their vision but have similar changes to their retinas. Optos imaging can detect these changes and help us monitor them over time.
Many patients with retinal detachments have symptoms like floating spots in their vision and/or flashing lights. However, some patients have no symptoms. Yearly Optos imaging can detect a retinal detachment or retinal tear, which can lead to a detachment. When detected with Optos, detachments are tears can be treated promptly to prevent blindness.
Optic nerve swelling can be caused by brain tumors, aneurysms, increased pressure in the fluid around the brain, and other serious medical conditions. This can be detected on a routine eye exam with Optos imaging. We also use Optos to monitor swelling over time.
Choroidal melanoma is a type of cancer that occurs inside the eye. Optos imaging can detect melanoma during a routine visit even when there are no symptoms. This allows prompt treatment for this life-threatening condition.