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Your Eye Trends Doctor speaks about Optomap Retinal Imaging Technology

Interview with your eye doctor at Eye Trends about the amazing benefits of the new Optomap Retinal Imaging technology

1) Please describe what the Optomap is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.
Optomap uses lasers to scan the back of the eye to give us images of the retina.
2) What components, or how much of the retina, does this look at and give imaging for?
This gives images of the retina and choroid and allows us to examine structures in the posterior pole and periphery.
3) What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?
Some of the most common conditions of the eye seen are macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinal tears, holes or detachments. We also see changes from diabetes and hypertension.
4) What is it about this particular technology that you find most exciting; the component that made you feel you need to invest in this for your practice?
It is quick and easy for the patient, as well as gives us good quality images to monitor the patient long term.
5) Can you describe the patient experience when using the Optomap?
Patients feel it is much easier and faster than having to get dilated at every exam.
6) Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out appreciate the upgrade in technology?
Yes.
7) How does this technology improve comprehensive eye exams compared to the days when we did not have Optomap Retinal Imaging?
I feel we detect many more subtle changes in coloration of the retina (e.g. nevi) because we have a large field of view instead of such a small magnified view of small areas.
8) To what patients do you recommend using the Optomap?
Every patient.
9) Does the Optomap replace a dilation exam?
It can replace a dilation in some cases, such as a regular routine exam in a young and healthy patient.
10) Can you share a particular story, in which by using the Optomap, you were able to detect and treat a disease that would have otherwise gone undetected?
We were able to identify a small area of peripheral neovascularization in a sickle cell patient I do not think we would have otherwise identified. We then sent her to a retinal specialist for evaluation.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.