OPTOMAP

Optomap at Norma Davies

What is it?

The Optomap is a digital retinal scanner which helps the optometrist make a more informed decision about the health of the eye and your overall well-being. The retina is the delicate lining at the back of the eye and is like the film of a camera. It receives light through the lens in your eye and processes this information which is sent to the brain which enables you to see. The health of the retina is important because an unhealthy retina cannot send clear signals which can result in impaired vision or blindness. Early detection of most retinal conditions and other diseases means successful treatment.

Retinal disease

There are many conditions that can affect the retina. It is the only place in the body that the blood vessels can be seen directly. Therefore as well as being able to detect retinal disease we are also able to pick up signs of other diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes.

How it differs from other methods

The Optomap is able to capture more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. Other methods will only reveal 10-12% of the retina at a time. Conventional digital imaging only allows a 45 degree view of the eye whereas Optomap allows a 200 degree image of the eye. Seeing most of the retina at once allows an overall view of the health of the retina. There is also a digital record of your retina for future reference should there be any changes. We therefore strongly recommend that everyone has an Optomap.

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