The Polyclinic Optometry and Ophthalmology departments now offer Optos high-resolution retinal imaging, in addition to traditional retinal exams. The Optos retinal scanner creates digital images of the eye called Optomaps. These images are taken in seconds and typically without eye drops or dilation of the pupil that are used in traditional retinal exams.
Optomaps Offer Complete, Detailed View of the Retina
These scans provide a more detailed and accurate view of the retina. Eye care professionals can see almost the entire retina at once, rather than the small sections that are visible with traditional methods. The optomap images may help your eye doctor detect problems more quickly and easily. Providers can see changes in blood flow, tumors, or indications of macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears, or detachments. Evaluating the blood vessels in the retina using this detailed image can also reveal early signs of other diseases including heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
More Optomap Benefits
Helps Document and Manage Progression of Eye Disease
Optomap images are available for immediate review by eye care professionals and their patients. Your provider can save these images, and later compare them with earlier images to help detect and manage any progression of eye disease.
Reduces Discomfort, Impaired Vision Due to Dilation
Traditional retinal exams using dilation can cause sensitivity to light and make it difficult for patients to see for hours afterward. For the average healthy person, digital retinal scanning is a great option that offers more convenience and less discomfort. Occasionally, dilation of the eyes is needed for a complete eye exams using Optos retinal imaging, such as for Medicare patients as part of an eye exam, or patients needing a full workup before Lasik surgery.
When Optomap images are used to document the signs of disease after a diagnosis, the imaging is covered by most insurance plans. When it’s used as an optional screening tool for patients who decline dilation, the cost of imaging is $39 at the time of service and is not covered by insurance.
To schedule an eye exam using the Optos high-resolution retinal imaging, contact our Ophthalmology department at 206.860.4550.