Earlam and Christopher have offered additional clinics using the latest technology for some time now, always being ahead of many other optometrists. Now we have invested in the latest in of wide screen eye imaging technology.
The Optomap produces an image that is unique and provides us with a high-resolution 200° image to check the health of your retina. This is much wider than a traditional 45° image and means that we can detect problems quickly.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing – in fact, you may not even notice any change in your sight. Fortunately, diseases or damage such as early macular degeneration, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina and this is what this new technology helps us to do.
The optomap is fast, easy, and comfortable for anyone. The entire image process consists of you looking into the device one eye at a time. The optomap images are shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
The optomap® ultra-wide digital retinal scan captures more than 80% of the retina in one image. Traditional methods reveal only 10-12% of the retina at one time, and even retinal photography will only reveal 15%.
This allows us to view areas of the retina we’ve never been able to see before. This is important because your retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina.
Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain. While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy.
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.