The Optomap® retinal exam is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that obtains a panoramic view of the retina, at the back of the eye. With the optomap retinal exam, the doctor is able to see 80 percent of the retina and review the results for early signs of retinal abnormalities. The digital image is available on screen immediately for doctor and patient to review together.
The Optomap Procedure
In less than a second, the optomap is able to obtain an image of the retina for evaluation. The optomap retinal examination does not require the eyes to be dilated. Many people are uncomfortable with dilation because vision becomes blurry and sensitive to light for a period of time after the examination.
The optomap examination does not replace a dilated eye examination but serves as an additional diagnostic tool in the evaluation of the retina.
Candidates For The Optomap Procedure
Candidates for the optomap retinal exam are patients who:
- Do not want to undergo a dilation of the eyes
- Are children
- Have a history of eye problems
- Are sensitive to light
- Early detection of retinal problems can help minimize damage and increase the effectiveness of treatment.
The optomap retinal exam has been used to detect the following conditions:
- Macular degeneration
This evaluation is recommended even if you are not experiencing any eye problems, as many conditions do not cause early symptoms and may otherwise remain unnoticed.