In all of our Eye Trends eye care centers, we are deeply committed to serving you with the most advanced eye care technology available. To that end, we’re proud to include the cutting-edge Optomap Laser Retinal Scan as an integral part of your comprehensive eye exam. Visit us to benefit from high-tech, detailed eye exams near you!
What is the Optomap laser retinal test?
This digital retinal scanner uses the highly advanced Optos laser technology to produce an ultra-widefield image of your retina. Only the Optomap laser retina scan can capture 82% of your retina at once! In contrast, traditional imaging techniques display only 15% of your retina at one time.
What does the Optomap check, and why is it so important?
Your retina, which is at the back of your eye, is the only place in your body that enables a direct view of blood vessels. So by inspecting your retina during an eye exam, your eye doctor is able to see the signs of eye disease – as well as the signs of other health problems, such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
In fact, an indication of these health conditions can appear on your retina long before you experience any other vision or health symptoms. The Optomap allows your eye doctor to detect the early signs of disease in the periphery of your retina, which does not generally show up when using older, traditional imaging technology.
In sum, while a comprehensive eye exam typically includes checking the front of your eye to assess any vision and eye health changes, the Optomap laser retinal scan takes eye exams much further.
What happens during an Optomap eye exam retinal scan?
The process of this laser eye test is quick and painless! Nothing makes contact with your eye at any point of the scan. Once you are seated comfortably, your eye doctor will instruct you to simply look into the digital retinal scanner device one eye at a time. (You’ll feel like you are peering into a keyhole.) Then, you’ll see a flash of light. That’s it.
Capturing the image takes less than a half-second, and the results can be viewed immediately.
Is dilation necessary for taking an Optomap image?
Typically, dilation drops are not required. However, depending on the health condition of your eyes, your eye doctor will decide whether or not to apply dilating eye drops. The choice to dilate must be made on a case-by-case basis by a professional eye doctor.
Why choose Optomap vs. dilation?
In Optomap retinal scan reviews, comfort and efficiency are the main reasons why patients prefer an eye exam with a laser eye test instead of the application of dilating eye drops. You won’t need to suffer the sting of dilation, and you can even drive home afterward in bright daylight!
Is Optomap safe?
Yes, it is regarded as totally safe. The Optomap uses a non-invasive, low-intensity laser eye scan to generate high-resolution, panoramic images. According to reports from Optos, over 65 million sessions have been performed – and no adverse health effects have been experienced. Not only is Optomap considered safe for adults, but it’s also completely safe for children too.
What are the pros and cons of the Optomap laser eye scan?
The benefits of including the Optomap laser eye test in an eye exam by your doctor are:
- Early detection of retinal disease, which enables early treatment and protection against vision loss or complications
- Early detection of life-threatening diseases, such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, and cancer
- Diabetic screening – retinal eye scans can spot early signs of eye damage caused by diabetes, even before you notice any other symptoms
- Optomap images are recorded and saved by your eye doctor, allowing for yearly comparisons at every eye exam. Your eye doctor can track changes to your retinal health – before they are serious or damaging.
- Wider internal view of the retina than other digital imaging technologies, which allows detection of many diseases that usually present on the edges of the retina
- Fast, easy, comfortable, and safe
Some disadvantages of the Optomap include:
- If you have diabetes, a comprehensive dilated eye exam is regarded as the standard of care. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) still recommend that people with diabetes undergo dilation at least annually. (Note- the Optomap can be very useful for diabetic screening.)
- Laser retinal imaging cannot always detect a disease in which there is retinal bleeding.
- The Optomap cost is not expensive, however, it is not covered by vision insurance. It may be covered by your medical insurance plan though, depending on the terms of your policy and the reasons for the test.
Read What People are Saying: Optomap Retinal Exam Reviews
“I was at my eye doctor for a routine eye exam, I had no complaints or symptoms of a problem. But the Optomap showed that I had hemorrhaging in my eye! I immediately booked an appointment with a cardiologist, who diagnosed cardiovascular disease. The digital eye exam was well worth it, it saved my life – literally!”, said Steve, age 46.
“I had been seeing sudden flashes, so I booked an urgent appointment with my eye doctor. When she told me about the Optos laser eye test, I was skeptical. Digital imaging of my eye – was this real? I decided to try it out. The Optomap showed that I was having a retinal detachment. My optometrist sent the digital images immediately to a retinal specialist, and I was in surgery within a few hours! My vision was saved, and now I’m the biggest advocate of digital eye tests!” said Reese, age 51