A thorough examination of the retina is a crucial part of a comprehensive eye exam.
The retina (located at the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. By looking at the retina, your eye doctor can not only see signs of eye conditions but also those of other issues such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.
What is an Optomap® retinal exam?
The Optomap® retinal exam is a revolutionary diagnostic tool that allows our eye doctor to create high-resolution digital images of the retina. It is the only technology that can capture 82% of the retina in a single shot.
The Optomap® retinal exam is a fast, easy, and painless way to scan and image your retina for people of all ages. Nothing touches your eye at any time. During the exam, you will look into the device one eye at a time and will see a flash of light when the image of your retina has been taken. The image capture takes less than a second.
What are the benefits of an Optomap® retinal exam?
An Optomap® retinal exam gives your doctor a more detailed view of the retina than they would be able to obtain with other methods. It allows your optometrist to detect even the smallest changes in your eye health over time.
Many diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma can develop without showing any symptoms in the early stages. However, early signs of these issues can be found with a thorough retinal exam. While traditional retinal imaging methods only capture 15% of the retina, the Optomap® captures over 80% of the retina in one panoramic image.
We recommend getting an Optomap® retinal exam every time you have a comprehensive eye exam. This ensures you have a digital record of your retinal health on file so we can compare changes in your eyes over time.
Contact our office in Austin today to schedule your appointment and ask our doctor about Optomap® retinal exams.