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As part of our commitment to supply our patients with cutting-edge technology that allows us to provide the best ocular care possible, Mittleman Eye is pleased to introduce Optomap’s ultra-widefield retinal imaging system. This equipment allows our team of eye professionals to receive the most complete and detailed images possible of your retina, which is a thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye.
Why Retinal Imaging and Examinations Are So Important
The retina has the important role of receiving incoming light and sending signals to the brain to enable sight. Conditions that affect the retina can be serious, and even lead to blindness. Unfortunately, the symptoms of these conditions may be unperceivable to patients until they have progressed dramatically.
Although many retinal conditions can be stopped or slowed significantly with treatment, early detection is necessary to start treatment as soon as possible. Therefore, retinal imaging is critical to discover hidden symptoms of retinal problems before they pose major problems.
What Makes Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging Superior to Other Retinal Examinations?
Optomap’s technology has numerous benefits, starting with its ability to capture a 200-degree angle of the retina in a single image. Typically, retinal images can only capture about 15% of the retina at one time, leaving doctors to piece together incomplete information to make a diagnosis, whereas Optomap creates an image of up to 82% of the retina.
Unlike most retinal imaging, Optomap does not require the pupils to be dilated. Laser scanning technology can capture the image in under one second, one eye at a time. Because nothing touches the eye, there is no pain or downtime after the test. The image is ready immediately and can be compared to previous images to see whether a condition has progressed.
Who Is a Candidate for Retinal Imaging?
Optomap’s imaging system is safe to use on patients of all ages because it is non-invasive and has no known side effects. The imaging technology is appropriate to use not only on patients with a suspected retinal condition, but also all patients undergoing a comprehensive eye exam.
Patients with diabetes are especially susceptible to retinal conditions like diabetic retinopathy and should therefore prioritize regular screening.
Conditions That Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging Can Help to Catch
Eye conditions that our eye doctors can discover with our advanced imaging technology include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal tear
- Retinal detachment
- Macular hole
- Retinal vascular disease
Moreover, because the retina is the only part of the body where blood vessels can be seen directly, retinal imaging can help to catch other health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain forms of cancer.
Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam, Including Optomap’s Retinal Imaging
Modern health problems require modern solutions. Traditional retinal examinations that show just a fraction of the retina may not provide all the information your doctor needs to make a correct and urgent diagnosis.
Come to Mittleman Eye to see for yourself just how quick and easy our retinal imaging is. To schedule your next comprehensive eye exam with our knowledgeable, experienced eye team, please call or text 561-500-2020 or make an appointment directly online.