Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. These exams 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).
Our office highly recommends that you have an optomap Retinal Exam as part of your eye exam.
The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera. The optomap Retinal Exam produces a wide view image the doctor can use to confirm your retinal health or discover signs of abnormalities or disease.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing or even noticing any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap Retinal Exam provides:
• A scan to confirm a healthy eye, or to detect the presence of a disease.
• An overview or map of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than can be achieved by other means.
• The opportunity for you to view and discuss the retinal image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
• A permanent record for your medical file, which allows your doctor to view your images each year to look for changes.
• A quick, painless test that may eliminate the need for dilation drops.
The optomap Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
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.
Cancer 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.
Glaucoma 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.