OPTOS Retinal Imaging
We all want to protect our gift of sight. That is why it is important to have annual eye examinations. Annual eye check-ups not only allow your eye doctor to improve the quality of your vision by changing the prescription of your glasses or contact lenses, but also provide the opportunity to determine the overall health of your eye – from the clear window of the eye (the cornea) to the very back of the eye (the retina).
Your doctor highly recommends that you have an Optomap® Retinal Exam, a comprehensive method of evaluating, monitoring, and helping treat various eye conditions. This previously unavailable medical technology assists your doctor in viewing the retina to detect early signs of eye disease as well as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and cancer.
The Optomap’s ultra-wide view allows your doctor to confirm your retinal health, or discover signs of abnormalities or disease. This offers an opportunity for your doctor to diagnose eye conditions early, as well as other health conditions. The Optomap enables you and your doctor to determine the best course of action.
DETECTING DISEASE WITH THE OPTOMAP RETINAL EXAM
A comprehensive eye exam, including a thorough retinal exam, can detect early signs of numerous diseases that affect not only your eyes and your sight, but also your overall health. The Optomap Retinal Exam helps your doctor identify abnormalities that could indicate the onset of a number of diseases that often present first in the retina. In these instances, individuals typically do not experience any pain or outward symptoms.
Melanomas can grow undetected within the retina. If discovered early, these masses can be treated before they
cause serious damage and spread to other areas of the body through the bloodstream.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Often the first indicators of high blood pressure, compromised blood vessels, appear in the retina and may signify increased pressure in the blood vessels throughout your body.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Caused by changes in the retina due to the body’s aging process, AMD blurs the sharp, central vision. Retinal Detachment (RD) When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from the wall of the eye and, if not properly treated, can cause permanent vision loss.
Excess fluids within the eye elevate the intraocular pressure, which pushes against the optic nerve and can cause
permanent vision loss.
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)
A leading cause of blindness, DR occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina.