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What Is OptoMap Retinal Imaging?

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Optomap retinal imaging uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a clear, panoramic image of the retina, in the back of the eye.

This technique offers a detailed digital image of the retina, allowing for early detection of retinal tears and detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma and tumors.

Retinal imaging can also identify early signs of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

How Does Optomap Retinal Imaging Work?

The Optomap device is powered by a scanning laser that captures over 80% of the retina in one panoramic image.

The benefit of the Optomap is that almost all of the retina is able to be viewed in one image. In contrast, most other digital retinal imaging devices require up to 8 images to cover the same area. This can be inconvenient and uncomfortable because each image is accompanied by another flash of bright light.

While sitting with your head in line with the imaging device, you will be asked to look straight ahead. When you see a mild, quick flash of light, you will know that the image has been captured. It only takes about a quarter of a second.

Saved on a digital file, your images will enable your eye doctor to accurately assess your retinal health. By storing the images, the doctor will be able to compare the retinal exams you undergo over time. This will help your eye doctor keep track of your eye health and detect the earliest signs of eye disease. Doing so will expedite treatment, and the earlier most eye conditions are detected the more effective the treatments.

Who Can Benefit from Optomap Retinal Imaging?

Optomap retinal imaging is recommended for both children and adults.

This digital eye exam provides essential information concerning your retinal health and can prevent sight-threatening eye diseases from sneaking up on you.

Moreover, scheduling an eye exam in the middle of the day will no longer be an inconvenience, as this quick and easy retinal exam allows you to return to your regular activities without worrying about the side effects of pupil dilation, such as blurry vision and light sensitivity.

Contact Switalski Eye Care conveniently located in Plano   to schedule an Optomap retinal eye exam today!

At Switalski Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 972-424-2019 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plano eye doctors.

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Q & A

How often do I need a retinal exam?

Eye doctors recommend having annual comprehensive eye exams that include examination of the retina. These eye exams are important because early detection of an eye condition allows for earlier treatment, which can reduce your risk of vision loss.

Annual retinal exams may also identify signs in your eyes of underlying conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease — all of which should be controlled or treated as soon as possible to prevent complications.

What is a retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment occurs when the retina, the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye, gets pulled away from the wall of the eye. This separation cuts off the retina’s essential blood supply and can result in permanent vision loss. A retinal detachment is an eye emergency and should be treated immediately.