Your retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina. Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain. While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy.
In our continued effort to bring the most advanced eye care technology to our patients, Sedona Eye Care is pleased to offer the Optomap Retinal Exam. The Optomap produces a digital wide-field image of your retina and allows us to perform the most thorough exam than is possible without pupil dilation.
Any comprehensive vision exam should include a careful look at the retina, the lining of the back of the eye, to screen for abnormalities or disease that can ultimately lead to loss of vision, making early detection of any retinal abnormality crucial. The result is that we can better prevent or reduce vision loss in our patients with a simple, quick, and patient-friendly exam. Getting an Optomap image is fast, painless, and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.
Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but your eye care practitioner will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on the health of your eyes. The image capture takes less than a half-second and they are available immediately for you to see your own retina. You see exactly what your eye care practitioner sees - even in a 3D animation.
We look forward to discussing this revolutionary exam with you at your next appointment.