Optomap Retinal Exam
Dr. Joel Hayden at Hayden Optometric utilizes the latest in diagnostic technology to provide quality eye health and vision care.
Did you know that the retina, which is the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye, is the only place in the body where your blood vessels can be seen directly?
A thorough examination of the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye, is a vital part of comprehensive eye care, because eye diseases and signs of other issues happening in the body such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke, may be observed in the retina.
What is an Optomap Retinal Exam?
The optomap retinal exam is a digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can capture 82% view of your retina at one time.
Getting an optomap retinal exam is painless and is safe for both children and adults. Nothing touches the eye at any point during the scan. To have the exam, you will be asked to look into device one eye at a time, and you’ll see a flash of light which will let you know that the image of your retina has been taken. The scan takes less than a second to complete.
What are the Benefits of an Optomap Retinal Exam?
There are many benefits to patients who choose to get the optomap during their appointment. We’ll share some of the benefits.
Getting an optomap retinal exam allows Dr. Hayden to provide you with the most comprehensive eye exam possible.
The Optomap provides us with a 200 degree or 82% view of the retina and has incredible tools to help us best monitor your eye health over time! This includes enlargement and isolation of specific areas as well as side by side comparisons of past images.
Getting an optomap retinal exam may allow you to skip getting your eyes dilated during the exam.
If you elect to get the optomap, and don’t have any retinal disease symptoms or risk factors, you may be able to skip dilation. That said, in some cases, Dr. Hayden may recommend the optomap and dilation to complete his evaluation of the retina.
The images from your optomap retinal exam will be part of your permanent eye health records, allowing your doctor to track changes to over time.