Technology in eye care has progressively been improving and Optomap’s widefield retinal imagery is the leading solution at present to assessing sight health. With the use of Optomap, we are now able to offer our patients the opportunity to include Optomap as part of a comprehensive eye exam. An Optomap scan enables a 200-degree digital image of the retina, much wider than a traditional 45-degree image and this presents a number of advantages. Here we outline key features of an Optomap widefield retinal scan and the benefits associated with this noteworthy technology.
What is the purpose of an Optomap image?
An Optomap scan in comparison to a traditional eye examination produces a much more efficient and detailed image covering a wider area of the retina. The retina, which is found at the back of the eye is the one place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly, and this is what gives an Optomap image its superiority. The retina not only provides insight into eye health, it can also be used to identify other signs of diseases including diabetes, strokes and heart disease. Early signs of such diseases can be detected long before any visible effects or pain occur, making these scans a great way to monitor one’s health.
Taking an Optomap widefield retinal scan
The process of taking an Optomap image is a quick, comfortable and pain-free procedure. The eye itself stays clear of any contact and it is as straightforward as looking into the device until you see a flash, which indicates the image has been taken. Each eye is assessed separately and looking into the device is similar to looking through a keyhole. Once the image has been taken, the image of the retina is available immediately for both practitioner and patient to review.
The benefits of using an Optomap image
Aside from being a fast and simple process, the Optomap retinal scan is also the leading technology in assessing both eye health and gaining awareness of other diseases. By using an Optomap image, patients gain early protection from potential vision impairments and insight into identifying diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the premature stages. In addition to this, compared to traditional retinal scan techniques which only capture around 15% of the retina, an Optomap is capable of showing more than 80% in a single image.
How to access an Optomap eye examination
At Reynolds & Slater, we are the only opticians in Cornwall to offer this leading solution as part of our comprehensive eye examination and we have practices based in Penzance and Falmouth. Our optometrists and dispensing staff are motivated in delivering the very best solutions that eye examinations have to offer and ensuring that your vision receives the best possible care. Contact us or book your Optomap retinal scan online via our website today.