Many people rely on their eyesight more than any other of their senses. Nevertheless, it is very easy to take clear vision and healthy eyes for granted. There are many different components to our eyes, but arguably one of the most important is the retina. Located at the very back of our eye, the retina is the only place in our body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye diseases, assessing the retina also enables health professionals to detect other general conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and stroke.
By comprehensively assessing the retina, professional eye care practitioners can detect the early signs of many different ocular conditions that have the ability to threaten the health of our eyes and our vision. This is important because early signs of ocular conditions can often be detected in this way before there any symptoms become apparent.
We are pleased to be able to offer our patients the benefit of a revolutionary solution for retinal imaging known as optomap.
Optomap is the name given to ultra-widefield retinal imaging that can detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams. With Optomap, more than 80% of your retina can be captured in a single image. By comparison, conventional imaging methods typically only show around 15% of your retina at one time. This means that with optomapping, your professional can see 5 times as much of your retina.
There are numerous benefits to having optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging. These include the following:
Much larger range of vision of your retina making it possible to detect retinal diseases much earlier and before they have the opportunity to affect or damage your vision
Improved likelihood of early detection of potentially life-threatening diseases including cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease
A procedure for which dilation drops, which can be irritating, are not always needed
Completely non-invasive with absolutely nothing touching your eye
Fast image capture – the process takes just half a second
Patients can see the image of their eye themselves in glorious high-resolution 3D
Suitable for all ages enabling your child’s eye health to be monitored from an early age
A digital record of your image can be kept for future comparison
If you are interested in discovering more about optomapping and the benefits that it can offer you and your family, or if you would like to book an appointment for this revolutionary imaging test that can protect your ocular and general health, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced optometry team at our office in Irvine, CA.