The Optomap ultra-wide digital imaging system: To see what never has been seen before
At The Eye Galleria, we are pleased to announce the arrival of the Optomap Retinal Exam. The Optomap produces an image that is unique and provides us with a high-resolution 200 degrees image to check the health of the retina, including the extreme periphery. This ultra-wide view allows us to confidently confirm your retinal health, or to confidently discover signs of systemic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and cancer, as well as eye specific diseases such as retinal detachments, glaucoma and macular degeneration to name a few.
Using the Optomap®
- The optomap ultra-wide digital retinal scan captures more than 80% of the retina in one image. Traditional methods reveal only 10-12% of the retina at one time, and even the traditional retinal photography will only reveal 15%.
- This allows us to view areas of the retina we’ve never been able to see before. As such, we can pick up problems earlier, before they become a problem and before they start to affect the vision. In addition, it means that there is a digital record of your eyes which can be compared for changes over time.
Who should have the Optomap®
- We recommend the optomap ultra-wide digital retinal scan on everyone, as it is the only method by which we can truly check the health of the retina. It is generally recommend that you have the optomap scan everytime you have an eye examination, but Bella will advise you based on your own individual circumstances.
- It is also recommended for children as many eye problems start at an early age. In fact, this is how the optomap story started. In 1990, 5 year old Leif Anderson went blind in one eye due to an undiagnosed retinal detachment, even though he was having regular eye exams. Distressed by the diagnostic methods available for a thorough eye examination, Leif’s father, Douglas, designed the optomap retinal scan.
What to expect
- An optomap scan takes just minutes to perform and is completely painless and is easy to perform. By simply looking into the optomap device one eye at a time, a digital scan of your retina is taken and the images are shown immediately on a computer screen for us to be able to review it with you. The entire image process requires no contact and no drops to be instilled in your eyes.
- An additional fee is charged for this ground breaking technology, but we can assure you, this small extra fee, is well worth it.