The Optomap, also known as Optos, is a device that provides comprehensive retinal imaging. It’s used by optometrists and ophthalmologists to capture ultra-widefield images of the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. The traditional methods of examining the retina, such as direct ophthalmoscopy or fundus photography, typically only provide a view of up to 45 degrees of the retina at a time. This is a limitation because it might miss peripheral abnormalities.
However, the Optomap device overcomes this limitation by being able to image up to 200 degrees of the retina in a single shot. This technology is superior in terms of its capability to detect and monitor a range of eye conditions such as retinal detachments, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and even systemic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, which can manifest in the eye.
What’s more, these high-resolution images can be viewed instantly and discussed in real time during your examination with Dr. Maggiore. This allows for a more comprehensive and interactive examination process. The doctor can explain the health of your eyes and any potential issues they may have identified, making it an effective tool for patient education.