Frequently Asked Questions & Answers About the Optomap Retinal Exam
Why is a retinal exam so important? Some of the first signs of diseases such as stroke, diabetes and even some cancers can be seen in your retina, often before you have other symptoms. An Optomap makes it easier to see them.
What is an Optomap? The Optomap is a panoramic digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can show a wide 82% view of your retina at one time.
What is your retina? The retina is the delicate lining at the back of the eye and is like the film in a camera. It receives light through the lens in your eye and produces a picture which is then sent to the brain, enabling you to see.
Why is the retina important? It is important to make sure that your retina is healthy. An unhealthy retina cannot send clear signals and this can result in impaired vision or blindness. If detected early, most retinal conditions and other diseases can be treated successfully. Although you may see clearly, it is still important to have your retina checked. The retina has no nerve endings and may not feel pain so there may be a problem that you are not aware of.
How will the Optomap benefit me? The Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging system captures up to 80-82% of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-12% of your retina at one time. The unique Optomap's wide view of the retina enhances the doctor's ability to detect problems more quickly and easily . Unlike traditional retinal exams, the Optomap image can be saved for future comparisons. The unique Optomap ultra-wide view enhances your eye doctor’s ability to detect even the earliest sign of disease that presents on your retina.
Are there any side effects? Optomap images are created by non-invasive, low-intensity scanning lasers. No adverse effects have been reported in over 39 million sessions.
Does it hurt? No. It is completely comfortable and the scan takes less than a second.
Is the Optomap safe for children? Yes. In fact, many vision problems begin in early childhood, so it's important for children to receive quality routine eye care.
How often should I have an Optomap? This is a decision that should be made by your doctor. However, it is generally recommended that you have an Optomap each time you have an eye exam.