What is an Optomap?

Have you ever wondered what your eye doctor sees when he or she looks at the “back of your eye”. With optomap retinal imaging you will have the opportunity to see your retina and review the image with one of our optometrists. iSight Optometry is proud to be one of the few clinics in Canada to offer this specialized technology.

What is an optomap?

The optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time.

The optomap exam is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.

Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but your eye care practioner will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on your conditions.  The capture takes less than a second.  Images are available immediately for review.  You can see your own retina.  You see exactly what your eye care practioner sees – even in a 3D animation.

Why should I get an optomap?

The benefits of having an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image taken are:

  • Early protection from vision impairment or blindness
  • Early detection of life-threatening diseases like cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • An optomap’s wide view of the retina may help your eye doctor detect problems more quickly and easily.  Unlike traditional retinal exams, the optomap image can be saved for future comparisons.

 

How does it work?

Optomap images are created by non-invasive, low-intensity scanning lasers.  No adverse effects have been reported in over 39 million sessions.

Is an optomap safe for children?

Yes.  In fact, many vision problems begin in early childhood, so it’s important for children to receive quality routine eye care.

How often should I have an optomap?

This is a decision that should be made by your doctor.  However, it is generally recommended that you have an optomap each time you have an eye exam.

Call us today to book an eye examination with optomap retinal imaging.

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