Optomap® Retinal Imaging
Optomap Retinal Imaging is an ultra-wide retinal examination that allows eye doctors to view a majority of the retina. This non-dilating diagnostic tool captures a 200-degree high-resolution image of the retina in less than half a second. It is safe, painless, and perfect for walk-in exams. And at McDonald Optical in Iowa City, our expert optometrists work hard to make sure procedures like Optomap Retinal Imaging are easy to understand and easier to undergo. Stop by today for an exam.
What makes Optomap better than traditional eye exams?
Optomap Retinal Exams are faster, more convenient, and offer a more comprehensive view of the eye than traditional methods used in a dilating eye exam.
Unlike a dilating exam, Optomap exams allow optometrists to see more of the retina all at once, giving an eye doctor the best understanding of the patient’s unique vision needs. Whereas a dilated exam is performed by the optometrist widening the pupil (dilating) with eye drops that take about half an hour to be effective and examining the retina by shining a bright light at the pupil and looking into the eye, Optomap imaging takes a detailed, high-def photo of the eye with a wide view. Better yet, the whole exam lasts only a few seconds and the image capture only takes a quarter of a second.
By eliminating the time-consuming process of dilating the eyes before an exam, which can take up to 45 minutes, an Optomap appointment takes only a few minutes on average. The image itself can be taken in under a second, and the image is available to review immediately. That means no second visit, no waiting for a phone call, and no wasted time.
Patients walk in and out of an Optomap exam appointment within minutes and can go about their day after the exam as they normally would.
Dilation blurs vision for up to 6 hours after the eye exam. This sometimes means roping a friend into driving, taking a day off work, and a throwing a whole day out of whack after a dilating eye exam. Since Optomap Retinal Imaging is a non-dilating diagnostic tool, the patient can walk in and out of their exam within minutes. No designated driver required.
Whereas a traditional eye exam involves an eye doctor examining the eye with a bright light and diagnosing in the moment, Optomap exams capture a 200-degree image in around a quarter of a second. The speed and convenience of Optomap Retinal Imaging allow the patient to see the image during their visit, and the image capture acts as a record for future comparisons or second opinions.
*Dilation may still be recommended for certain patients at the discretion of the optometrist
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