For many eyecare patients, having pupils dilated (opened up) using eye drops can be a bother. But as an integral part of a truly comprehensive eye exam, those drops are highly recommended. Dilation gives your eye doctor the widest view of the internal structures at the back of the eye—the optic nerve, retina, even blood vessels.
That’s where Optomap technology comes in. Using low-power laser technology, your eye care professional can take a wide, instantly-viewable and detailed digital scan of your retina (the area responsible for processing images). All in real time. And in no time. Without the use of pupil-dilating eye drops.
How does Optomap work?
It’s very similar to sitting down in a type of photo booth and leaning forward to have your picture taken. Except in this instance, the picture being taken is a larger, wide-field image of the inside of your eyeball. Optomap takes around a minute.
Daytona is smaller and still provides ultra-high resolution imaging, and adding ultra-widefield autofluorescence capabilities. This device can take around a 200-degree image of the retina in one image. Most cameras can only capture the posterior pole (that include the macula and optic nerve head), but the Daytona can view the peripheral retina as well.
Patients find this device very exciting. To be able to easily image a patient’s retina and then be able to review it with them in the exam room is a great educational tool and a valuable way of comparing changes over time.
Since retina scanning is so important in the early detection of cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and more, it’s pretty easy to see why Optomap technology is so promising.
Optomap retinal exams are not available everywhere, however. And in some instances, these scans may not be covered by traditional insurance due to cuts in eye doctor reimbursements.
Check with your eye care professional and ask if an Optomap eye exam is right for you