At Vision Source we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best possible standard of care, which is why we offer the optomap Retinal Exam to all our patients.
The optomap exam is fast, painless, and non-invasive. Under normal circumstances the optomap eliminates the need for dilation drops. While the optomap is not necessarily better than dilation, it is a great tool to use in addition to dilation, or when a patient can’t or doesn’t want to be dilated. Your doctor will advise you on whether he/she feels dilation is necessary. Patients who are very sensitive to light usually consider the optomap a more comfortable retinal exam. There are no lasting side effects from the optomap exam, unlike the blurred vision and photo sensitivity often caused by dilation drops.
When reviewed, the scan becomes a permanent part of your medical file, enabling your doctor to make important comparisons should potential vision threatening conditions show themselves at a future examination. The optomap also allows your doctor to see a much broader and more detailed view of the retina than is possible with conventional methods. The optomap captures more than 80% of the retina in one panoramic image, while traditional methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time. Early signs of disease may only be present in the peripheral retina and are difficult to see using traditional methods. The optomap allows doctors to detect, diagnose, and treat problems in their early stages, reducing the risk to your eyesight and general health.
The doctors at Vision Source strongly believe that the optomap retinal exam is an essential part of your comprehensive eye exam and recommend it for all patients once per year.