Optomap ultra widefield retinal photography now available in practice
In another first for Cornwall, Reynolds & Slater Optometrists have become the first practice in Cornwall to offer Optomap ultra wide-field retinal photography scans.
We now offer our patients access to the optomap as part of their comprehensive eye exam. The optomap is a 200 degree digital image of the retina. This is much wider than a traditional 45 degree image.
“I am extremely pleased to offer this technology to my patients,” said Marcus Slater “Most patients feel they should only be examined when they need a change in prescription. In reality, one of the most important parts of the eye examination is checking the health of the retina. The optomap provides us with a permanent digital image which we can manipulate and magnify to give us the most comprehensive view of the back of the eye. This allows us to more effectively discover any abnormalities that may be present.”
The optomap non-invasively captures an instantaneous, ultra-widefield digital image of the retina, revealing important information for the comprehensive evaluation of systemic and ocular health. The image, which is captured in a quarter of a second, enhances clinical care, patient satisfaction, and practice efficiency. It is performed quickly and easily which enables practitioners to spend more time diagnosing and educating rather than gathering information. An optomap is performed as an initial step in a comprehensive eye exam. An optomap image provides the practitioner with a tool to help discover retinal disease, and assist in the diagnosis of eye conditions – and potentially other health conditions – early. It also enables the practitioner to effectively determine the next course of action.
Early detection of any retinal abnormality may lead to earlier and safer treatments and in many cases prevent vision loss. An optomap should be performed regularly as part of the comprehensive eye exam regardless of symptoms. This allows the observation of any subtle changes which may occur as patients age.
Since its inception in 1999, millions of optomap images have been conducted worldwide, aiding in the detection and diagnosis of serious eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular degeneration, and other pathologies like melanomas.
Optos plc has the vision to be The Retina Company and recognised as a leading provider of devices to eyecare professionals for improved patient care.
Optos’ core devices produce ultra-widefield (UWF™), high resolution digital images (optomap®) of approximately 82% and 200◦ of the retina, something no other device is capable of doing in any single image.
An optomap image provides a bigger picture and more clinical information which facilitates the early detection, management and effective treatment of disorders and diseases evidenced in the retina such as retinal detachments and tears, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Retinal imaging can also indicate evidence of non-eye or systemic diseases such as hypertension and certain cancers.
Optos was founded in 1992 by Douglas Anderson OBE after his then five-year-old son went blind in one eye when a retinal detachment was detected too late. Although his son was having regular eye exams, routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the doctor to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina. Subsequently, Anderson set out to develop a patient-friendly, retinal imaging product that encompassed a digital widefield image of the retina in a single capture – and so, the optomap was born.
Contact us today to book your Optomap retinal scan today