The doctors at Arizona’s Vision are committed to providing you with the highest standards of eyecare available. For this reason we recommend that you include an Optomap ® Retinal Exam as part of your eye exam. The Optomap Retinal Exam provides your doctor with important information about your health, without the need for uncomfortable pupil dilation.
Some of the pathologies that can be imaged with an Optomap scan:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) Caused by changes in the retina due to the body’s aging process, ARMD is the leading cause of blindness for those ages 55+ in America (American Macular Degeneration Foundation). Image at right is taken from a patient with an advanced case of ARMD.
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, DR is the leading cause of blindness in America and affects nearly half of all people with diabetes (American Diabetes Association).
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Increased pressure in the blood vessels can result in damage to blood vessels in the eye.
Retinal Detachment (RD) Caused by severe nearsightedness or trauma, RD can also occur in patients with systemic diseases such as diabetes and will likely lead to permanent vision loss if not detected.
Obtaining Optomap images is comfortable, quick, and simple. The digital image of your retina is captured in less than a second. A small flash indicates the image has been taken. Your Optomap is immediately displayed for your eye specialist to review with you. The Optomap Retinal Exam does not require dilating drops which typically cause blurred vision and sensitivity to light for hours.
Your Optomap Retinal Images are stored electronically. This gives your doctor a permanent record of the condition of your retina. This is important to assist your doctor in detecting and measuring any changes to your retina between regular examinations.
Doctors at Arizona’s Vision will also manually inspect the back of your eye, the retina, to check that it is healthy and not showing signs of damage or disease. If detected at an early stage, many eye diseases can be treated successfully without loss of vision. A comprehensive retinal examination can also detect signs of other diseases that affect not just your eyes, but also your overall health.