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Fast, Comfortable Eye Exams with Optomap Technology

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

Fast, Comfortable Eye Exams with Optomap Technology

What 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 other symptoms are evident.

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

What is the Optomap?

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

Optomap Technology puts patient comfort first. Its use can provide better visibility for the optometrist which can result in clearer, 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

Currently, after 150 million sessions, no side effects have been reported. The Optomap technology was developed to be non-invasive, pain-free, and safe. Your optometrist will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have before beginning the retinal exam.

Eye Dilation vs. Optomap

Eye Dilation

With traditional eye exams, eye dilation is used to enlarge the pupil. This allows the optometrist to properly examine your eyes for any concerning symptoms or signs of disease.
Dr. Bever in exam room

The problem with dilation, and the reason some avoid going to an optometrist regularly, is the blurred vision for the four to six hours that follow the appointment. The eye drops also tend to sting when administered, making for a less than pleasant experience for many.


With Optomap technology, your optometrist can see more of your retina due to the ability to enlarge an image. It’s also quicker start-to-finish because you don’t have to wait for your eyes to dilate. And, of course, you won’t have to wander around with blurry vision for the majority of your day following the exam.

Other benefits to Optomap technology in comparison to traditional dilation is that, with Optomap, there is a permanent record for visual comparison of your eyes year after year. This side-by-side comparison can help optometrists more easily identify small but concerning changes to the eye over time. In the case your optometrist wants to get a second opinion from a specialist, the images from the Optomap technology can be sent for review by other doctors.

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?

Optomap educational tool showing all that can be spotted with Optomap

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

This is a more comfortable alternative to traditional retinal exams for our patients. Our goal at Primera is to provide accurate diagnosis and a comfortable environment for our patients. Optomap allows us to do this.
Tech using Optos machine on patient

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 is especially beneficial for patients who are anxious about exams or are sensitive to more invasive eye exam procedures. But it’s important to note, there are still circumstances when eye dilation will be necessary for a comprehensive exam. 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.

Ready for a new eye exam experience?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about Optomap exams.