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Pros & Cons of Optomap Eye Exams

Did you know that most retinal disorders don’t show any symptoms until they have caused at least some vision loss?

An optomap retinal exam allows your eye doctor to provide you with the most comprehensive eye exam possible, by capturing more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. This unique technology helps them detect underlying eye diseases and monitor treatment for existing ocular diseases.

When detected early, many retinal problems can be treated to prevent vision loss.

Pros and Cons of Optomap

There are many benefits of the optomap retinal exam, especially for patients who are reluctant or unable to have their pupils dilated, as the optomap can usually be performed without dilation.

In addition to checking your vision, the exam can also map and image your eye – providing your eye doctor with detailed information about your eye health. An optomap eye exam provides:

  • An image taken with a brief flash, which is manageable for patients who are sensitive to light
  • An image that can be saved and then used to compare future digital images to detect changes in your retinal health
  • Diagnosis of vision problems that may only manifest at night, such as starbursts and halos
  • Early detection of eye disease, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma
  • Early detection of life-threatening diseases, such as eye cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Early detection of retinal disease, which enables early treatment and protection against complications or vision loss
  • A diabetic screening – retinal eye scans can spot early signs of eye damage caused by diabetes, even before you notice any symptoms
  • Corneal topography, facilitating advanced contact lenses fittings

Some disadvantages of the optomap:

  • While the optomap can be very useful for a diabetic screening, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) still recommend that people with diabetes have a dilated eye exam at least once a year.
  • If there is retinal bleeding, laser retinal imaging cannot always detect a disease.
  • The optomap is not covered by vision insurance. It may be covered by your medical insurance plan, depending on the terms of your policy and the reason for the test.

Contact Eye Trends in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston to learn more about the optomap eye exam.

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Why is the Optomap Digital Eye Exam Necessary?

The benefits of Optomap are clear!

Inside your eyeball, on your retina way at the back of your inner eye, a clear view of your blood vessels can be seen. In fact, this is the only place in your body that offers such a direct image of your blood vessels, and the Optomap digital eye exam is one of the best ways for your eye doctor to see it. We’re proud to offer Optomap as a part of a comprehensive eye exam at our eye care centers near you in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, Texas.

Introducing Optomap

When your eye doctor performs a dilated eye exam, s/he inspects the inner tissues of your eye. By using the innovative technology of Optomap, more than 80% of your retina can be captured in one panoramic image.

The image-capturing process is painless and quick, taking less than ½ second and provides a 200-degree high-resolution picture. Because there is generally no need to dilate your eyes beforehand, you won’t need to experience stinging eye drops, the long wait until the eye drops take effect, or blurry vision that lasts for hours after the eye exam.

Amazing Advantages of Optomap

Tracks your eye health

The Optomap digital eye exam enables our eye doctor to enlarge and isolate particular areas of your retina in order to focus on any potential problems. These detailed images are recorded and saved, taken out at your annual eye exams for comparison with new images. In this way, we can check for any changes over time, such as the signs of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

Safe for your eyes and your body

In between each patient, our eye care team cleans the device thoroughly with alcohol wipes.

Rapid results

The entire process takes less than a half-second, and the results are instantaneous. There’s no need to sit around waiting for the images to be ready.

For patients of all ages

Optomap can be performed on adults and children alike, from toddlers to seniors. This digital eye exam is also regarded as safe for pregnant women.

Early detection of retinal problems

Most retinal disorders do not cause any symptoms until they have progressed to a late stage. However, when detected early enough, many of these conditions can be treated to prevent vision loss. Early detection is therefore vital for your eye health. Additionally, the Optomap images can also indicate the presence of certain non-eye related health conditions – another reason to make this imaging procedure a part of your yearly eye exam!

We offer Optomap near you!

The Optomap technology has been available in the United States since 1999, and now equips about 13,000 eye doctor offices around the world. At Eye Trends, we’re pleased to invite you to benefit from Optomap in one of our eye care offices near you in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, Texas.

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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