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What Is Optos Retinal Imaging?

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Optos retinal imaging is an imaging device that allows your Calgary optometrist to get a closer look at the details of your eyes. Optos provides an anatomically accurate view of 82 percent of your retina. This detailed imaging technology allows your eye doctor to closely examine your eyes and vision during your comprehensive eye exam.

Optos is a powerful tool for the early detection of possible vision issues and accelerates the treatment process with a quick initial diagnosis.

Let’s explore the benefits of Optos retinal imaging and how it can improve your vision care experience.

Getting to Know Optos Retinal Imaging

The Optos Ultra-Widefield 200-degree optomap is all about accuracy. Through this technology, your optometrist can keep track of your visual development with panoramic images of your retina to help create a personalized treatment plan around your visual needs.

Your retina is the only place blood vessels can be seen clearly and directly. This visibility allows your Calgary eye doctor to check for signs of other diseases like heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, along with vision-related concerns.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of Optos retinal imaging.

An infographic about benefits of optos retinal imaging by Dr. Bishop.

Monitoring Changes in Your Vision

Optomap is an excellent option to monitor changes in your vision. The optomap exam allows your optometrist to notice even the most minor changes to your eyes and closely examine possible problem areas. 

Providing a Detailed Wide Image

Optos retinal imaging features an ultra-widefield 200-degree view of your retina. That means that the optomap will capture 82% of your eye for an anatomically correct image.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Optos retinal imaging can help preserve your long-term vision.

Early Protection from Vision Impairment

Early detection is key, and the optomap is a powerful tool in the early detection and treatment of eye diseases like:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration

Safe, Sanitary, & Efficient

The optomap procedure is very efficient, and the device is handled with care while maintaining sanitary practices to help ensure you enjoy a safe and effective scan.

Accessible to Patients of All Ages

Optos retinal imaging is accessible for all ages, including toddlers, kids, young adults, adults, and seniors. It’s also a generally quick procedure, so your kids won’t become restless waiting around for their eye exam!

Added to Your Vision Record

Having your records on hand allows your optometrist to quickly monitor any changes in your vision and compare your results to past exams.

Optomap is also an excellent way to learn more about your own vision!

An eye doctor using an optos retinal imaging instrument to scan a female patient's eye.

Providing Comprehensive Eye Exams

Everyone’s eyes are unique, so your comprehensive eye exam will be personalized for your vision needs. Your optometrist incorporates innovative diagnostic technology like Optos retinal imaging to get the complete picture when it comes to your vision and ocular health.

Regular eye exams with Optos retinal imaging provide:

  • A scan to show healthy eyes or detect possible issues.
  • A 200-degree view of the retina for more details.
  • The opportunity for you to discuss the optomap image with your eye doctor at the time of your exam.
  • A permanent record for your file to quickly come back to and compare future scans.

Optos retinal imaging has become an essential part of the overall eye care experience. Optos retinal imaging is generally a fast, easy, and noninvasive process.

Getting a Clear Picture with Optos

Early detection is crucial when it comes to any issues with your vision. Optos retinal imaging allows your optometrist to explore your eyes and vision in detail and immediately review your eye health with you during your appointment. 

Book an appointment with our team of eye care professionals at Dr. Bishop & Associates and get the peace of mind that comes with an Optos retinal imaging exam.

Written by Donald Bishop

In addition to his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo, Dr. Bishop also earned his pharmacological therapeutics certification from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma. He graduated in 1983 and has been practising optometry in Alberta ever since.

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