Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye, the retina, is critical to eye health.
Optometrists use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye.
Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 15% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, so examining this area is extremely important.
Because seeing the entire retina is so important, at Realeyes Opticians we have invested in the most advanced equipment for scanning with special lasers and examining the eyes.
The scanner produces “Optomap” imaging or angiograms of about 82% of the retina. These Optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye camera. This gives our optometrists the chance to diagnose many eye conditions before you show any symptoms, and treating eye conditions early saves your eyesight.
The Optomap is 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. Schedule your optomap today! Available in our Whitton and Streatham Branch.
Frequently Asked Questions
The optomap ultra-wide digital retinal scan captures up to 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. Optomap provides a far wider scope of your retina in much greater detail than other ‘retinal camera’ equipment commonly used by other high street opticians. This unique view enhances your optometrist’s ability to detect even the earliest signs of disease that may be present on your retina and allows them more time to review the health and to educate you about your eye health. In contrast to the other cameras, Optomap produces one wide image, whereas on other equipment it is down to the optometrist to piece together different images and ensure they have made a proper examination.
Your optometrist will advise you based on your individual circumstances, but it is recommended that you have an Optomap scan every time you have an eye examination. This will ensure there will be a digital record of your retinal health on file which can be compared to check for changes over time.
No. An optomap scan is not painful and typically does not require dilation (eye drops).
Having a regular eye examination is crucial in protecting you and your family’s eyesight. These examinations allow your optometrist to detect changes in the front of your eyes so that alterations can be made to your glasses or contact lens prescription as well as providing a thorough screening of the retina (back of the eye). As many vision problems can begin at an early age, it is equally important for children to receive proper eye care from about 1-2 years of age.