Optomap® Retinal Exam
Dr. Kazem at Lawrenceville Family Eyecare provides Optomap® retinal exams.
Did you know that your retina, located in the back of your eye, is the only place in your body where blood vessels can be seen directly? This means that some of the first signs of diseases such as stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and even some cancers can be seen in your retina, often before you even have any symptoms. An Optomap® makes it easier to see them.
What is an Optomap® Retinal Exam?
The Optomap® is a digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. Like film in a camera, the retina is a thin tissue at the back of the eye that takes the images and light you see and sends that information to the brain so it can process it. Because it has such an important job, damage to the retina can be detrimental for someone’s vision and early detection of these problems is key.
An Optomap® is currently the only technology that can capture an 82 percent view of the retina at one time. This analysis of the retina provides your doctor with valuable insights beyond an annual eye examination alone.
An Optomap® retinal exam provides the following:
- A closer look at your eye health
- Early detection of various eye diseases that, if left unchecked, may lead to vision loss
- An overview or map of the retina that provides a detailed view to your doctor
Getting Your Optomap® Retinal Scan
An Optomap® retinal exam is usually an add-on to a traditional exam and is quick, comfortable, and painless. No equipment touches your eye, making it suitable for individuals of all ages, even children. In many cases, when you get an Optomap® retinal exam, dilation is not needed in many cases, but your doctor will make the final decision and guide you through the process if necessary.
During your Optomap® eye exam, you will begin by looking into the imaging device one eye at a time. You will then see a flash of light, which lets you know that the image has been taken. Afterward your eye doctor will review the image with you, noting areas of concern if present.
Because the image is available right away, you will have the opportunity to review and discuss your Optomap® retinal imaging with your doctor at the time of your appointment. A record of the image will also be kept in your medical file, giving your optometrist the opportunity to make comparisons between images if potential issues arise at future exams.
At Lawrenceville Family Eyecare, we take your eyes to heart. Contact us today to schedule your Optomap® retinal exam at our office and get the full picture of your eye health.