What Is Optomap and Why Is It Important?

Any eye examination should include a careful assessment of the retina in order to screen for diseases and abnormalities. The retinal tissue is very sensitive and is susceptible to diseases that can lead to partial or even total loss of vision.


Early detection and treatment of such diseases and conditions are crucial. Did you know that the retina is the only place in your body where blood vessels are visible? Therefore, it is possible to notice some signs and symptoms of various eye conditions.


What Is Optomap® Retinal Imaging?


Optomap is a unique retinal imaging technology designed to capture at least 80 percent of the retina in a single image. The retina is the same area of the eye that eye doctors look at when dilating their patients’ eyes. This innovative diagnostic procedure does not require dilation and is comfortable, painless, and extremely fast.


Patients need to look at the camera one eye at a time. Nothing touches the eye. Sometimes, however, the eye doctor might need to put dilation drops into your eye depending on your condition. On the other hand, the traditional imaging technique will only show about 15 percent of the retina at one time.


Optomap Vs. Dilated Eye Exam


This retinal examination tool allows eye doctors to capture a 200-degree high-resolution image of a patient’s retina in a single shot. The whole examination takes a few minutes and is quite easy for patients. Furthermore, results are immediately available for analysis. This means that patients do not need to leave the examination room.


During a traditional eye exam involving pupil dilation, the eye doctor uses dilation eye drops that may sting for a while. Patients often experience blurry vision that can last for up to six hours. After dilation, the eye doctor uses specialized lenses and tools to look into the back of their patients’ eyes.


Why Optomap Is Important


One of the reasons why this diagnostic process is so important is because it allows eye doctors to provide their patients with the most comprehensive eye examination possible. This includes isolation and enlargement of certain areas of the retina. It can also allow your eye doctor to compare current images with past images side-by-side.


Other reasons why Optomap is important include:


  • There is a good chance that you will not need to undergo pupil dilation


  • It is a quick, sanitary, and safe diagnostic procedure


  • It is suitable for patients of all ages, including toddlers, kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors


  • The procedure does not impact the patient’s vision, unlike dilation


  • It allows patients to learn more about the health of their eyes


  • It can help detect some non-eye-related health conditions early


  • It is a great way to monitor any changes in a patient’s eye health over time


As stated above, Optomap can help eye doctors see signs of other health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Symptoms of such health conditions can start showing long before you start experiencing pain or changes to your vision. Therefore, it can be a life-saver.


To learn more about Optomap, visit Studio Optix at our office in New York, New York. You can call 212-765-4444 today to schedule an appointment.




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