Improved Diagnostic Abilities Without the Need for Dilating Eye Drops!
In September 2003, Sacramento Contact lenses and Optometry introduced the Panoramic 200 Scanning Laser System, known as Optomap, for the screening and diagnosis of the diseases of the inside of the eye using Optomap retinal imaging technologies. The system has been developed by Optos Corporation in Europe and provides computerized imaging of the retina, the optic nerve head and the underlying tissues. Optomap exam aids our doctors in the detection, diagnosis, and management of diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears and detachments, retinal tumors, diabetic retinopathy, and other ocular and systemic diseases. The procedure is fast, comfortable, safe, and above all is performed without dilation of the pupils!
Optomap® Retinal Exam allows us to view patient's retina in its entirety as well as to examine separate retinal layers, which gives us superior diagnostic capability. This retinal exam takes less than a minute, is totally painless avoids the discomfort and lasting effects of dilating drops and gives the patients the opportunity to review the images of their own retinas as the doctors examine it on the screen in the exam room.
The Optos system utilizes low energy green and red scanning lasers to image the retina and associated structures in a matter of seconds. The images captured by the system are recorded and saved digitally on a network computer system at Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry. Images are reviewed with your doctors in the privacy and comfort of the examination room, which has computer monitors linked to the Optos system. The images can view the retina out to over 200 degrees from center, which is actually greater than typically obtained with a traditional dilated retinal examination. In addition, the dual green and red laser images can be individually evaluated which allows your doctor to determine the specific depth location of any detected abnormalities, thus improving diagnostic capabilities over traditional examination methods. The use of computerized digital documentation allows for long term storage of images so that comparisons can be made from exam to exam over the years. Most exciting is our ability to use the internet to e-mail retinal maps to specialists worldwide in a matter of seconds to provide "virtual retinal consultations" if necessary! Best yet, it is incredibly inexpensive, costing currently only $26* at our offices (*subject to change).
Optomap Retinal Imaging is FDA-approved and has been studied in terms of effectiveness at University settings worldwide. Dr. Thomas Friberg of the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute stated following a published study of the Optomap system, "I believe due to its clinical benefits, ease of use, and patient acceptance, the Optomap retinal examination has the potential to revolutionize how eye exams are performed and become part of the standard eye examination."
Ideally, every patient should have this retinal scan done as part of their eye exam, for it is the best way to find early changes in the retina, which may otherwise go undetected. And by early detection our patients can avoid potentially blinding complications. Thanks to the Optomap® retinal exam we have detected such serious problems as melanomas, peripheral retinal holes and tears, sub-retinal hemorrhages, etc. in otherwise symptom-free, healthy and often young individuals.
It should be an absolute must for patients who:
- Have the history of high myopia (nearsightedness)
- Have experienced floaters and light flashes
- Take certain medications that may affect vision
- Have diabetes and/or hypertension and heart disease
- Have family history of retinal detachment
- Have personal or family history of macular degeneration
Remember, early diagnosis may save your eyesight. Ask us about the Optomap® retinal exam on your next visit. Your doctors at Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry are always at the cutting edge of technology and have incorporated Optomap retinal imaging into our routine eye examination protocol! To make an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination including Optomap Retinal Imaging, please contact us.