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Fast, Comfortable Eye Exams with Optomap Technology

Everything you need to know about Optomap
Read Time: 2.5 Minutes | Dec 14, 2020
 

Fast, Comfortable Eye Exams with Optomap Technology

Everything you need to know about Optomap
Read Time: 2.5 Minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Fast, Comfortable Eye Exams with Optomap Technology

Optomap exams are the preferred alternative to those who find eye exams to be uncomfortable. It’s a fast and comfortable alternative to traditional retinal exams. With Optomap, your optometrist can detect signs of diseases before any other symptoms appear.

The best part? Optomap can be used for every age and stage of life, from children to senior citizens.

What is the Optomap?

The Optomap is a retinal exam tool. It takes a digital image of the retina using laser technology. The Optomap can take wider images of the retina, covering up to about 82%. This coverage is not possible with other traditional retinal exam processes.

Optomap Technology puts patient comfort first. Its use can provide better visibility for the optometrist. This results in clearer and more accurate diagnoses. Optomap exams are recommended during each of your eye exams, but will ultimately be scheduled based on the recommendations of your optometrist.

How the Optomap Works

Optomap Retinal Exam Side Effects

150 million sessions have occurred, yet no side effects have been reported. The Optomap technology was developed to be non-invasive, painless, and incredibly safe.

Still have questions? Your optometrist will be able to answer any concerns you have before you begin the retinal exam.

The Benefits of Optomap Exams

Patient sitting in a chair in front of an Optomap machine having a retinal image taken by an optometrist

Exams using Optomap technology offer many benefits. Whether it is more accurate results or a comfortable experience, Optomap exams are a substantial alternative to traditional eye exams.

Optomap Exams Are More Comfortable

Some people find eye dilation painful because of the stinging caused by drops. During an Optomap exam, nothing tangible touches your eye. You just have to look into the Optomap device and the optometrist will use the device to take the retinal image.

Optomap Exams Are Faster

Capturing an image with the Optomap takes less than a second. Your optometrist can see the retinal images immediately and make a reliable diagnosis in a short amount of time.

Optomap Images Are Saved Permanently

Retinal images taken with the Optomap are stored permanently. This means that your optometrist can easily pull up relevant images for a visual comparison of your eyes from years earlier.

The ability to compare the retinal images side-by-side helps your optometrist identify changes to your eyes over time. Plus, because the images are digital, they can easily be sent to a specialist if your optometrist wants a second opinion.

Optomam Images Are More Accurate

Traditional retinal imaging devices may only be able to capture about 15% of the eye. Optomap, on the other hand, can capture up to 82% of your eye in its retinal images.

Optomap can capture such a large portion of the eye by taking ultra-widefield images. Plus, it’s easy to take pictures of specific areas of the eye or to enlarge the image.

The Optomap Can Be Used with All Patients

Optometrists can use the Optomap to take retinal images of all patients, no matter their age or circumstances.

Regardless of your age, you can experience quick and comfortable eye exams using the Optomap.

What to Consider When You Want an Optomap Exam

Here are some key considerations for those interested in eye exams using Optomap technology.

  • Will my insurance cover this?
  • What does the use of Optomap technology cost if I pay out of pocket?
  • What limitations to retina scans, like Optomap, have?
  • What eye diseases can be diagnosed using Optomap?

What Can Optomap Detect?

A retinal image taken with Optomap that shows different eye diseases and parts of the eye labeled

Optomap exams can detect the following concerns in the eyes:

  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Choroidal Nevus
  • Melanomas
  • Retinal Holes
  • Retinal Tears
  • Retinal Detachments
  • Vitreal Floaters

Why We Decided to Use Optomap Technology at Primera

Patient sitting in a chair in front of an Optomap machine having a retinal image taken by an optometrist

The Optomap is a more comfortable alternative to traditional retinal exams for our patients. Our goal at Primera is to provide accurate diagnoses and a comfortable environment. Optomap allows us to do this.

For a patient who exhibits no outward signs of eye problems and has perfect or correctable vision, the Optomap gives us the ability to thoroughly examine the eyes and detect any signs of disease that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

We find this technology to be especially beneficial for patients who are anxious about exams or are sensitive to more invasive eye exam procedures. But it’s important to note, eye dilation will be necessary for a comprehensive exam in certain conditions. This is especially true when patients complain of symptoms indicative of retinal problems.

Contact us to book your next eye exam utilizing Optomap technology for early diagnosis and more accurate results.