The optomap provides the practitioner with a digital ultra-widefield, high definition view of the patient’s retina which is viewed on-a computer screen by the practitioner in the presence of the patient.
Q: Please describe what the Optomap is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.
Dr. Sills: Optomap is used to detect a number of diseases that often are first seen in the retina. It simply takes a picture of your eye.
Q: What components, or how much of the retina, does this look at and give imaging for?
Dr. Sills: The Optomap shows 200 degrees of the retina.
Q: What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?
Dr. Sills: Cancer, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and diabetes
Q: What is it about this particular technology that you find most exciting; the component that made you feel you need to invest in this for your practice?
Dr. Sills: Optomap shows more of the retina which helps detect tumors and retinal detachments and other diseases sooner than any other technology
Q: Can you describe the patient experience when using the Optomap?
Dr. Sills: It is fast, painless, and comfortable for patients and they are amazed to see images of their own retina.
Q: Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out, appreciate the upgrade in technology?
Dr. Sills: Patients love this technology and are just amazed by it.
Q: How does this technology improve comprehensive eye exams compared to the days when we did not have Optomap Retinal Imaging?
Dr. Sills: We see diseases earlier and therefore can treat conditions sooner and often can prevent worsening of the patient’s vision
Q: To what patients do you recommend using the Optomap?
Dr. Sills: We recommend all patients get screened with the Optomax.
Q: Are there certain feelings or vision issues that a person may notice that would point to the need for Retinal Imaging?
Dr. Sills: Yes, especially any symptoms of floaters or flashing lights.
Q: Can you share a particular story, in which by using the Optomap, you were able to detect and treat a disease that would have otherwise gone undetected?
Dr. Sills: Yes, we have detected tumors and retinal detachments that might have otherwise have gone undetected.
Q: Why did you choose this supplier to purchase this particular equipment? What components, or how much of the retina, does this look at and give imaging for?
Dr. Sills: This is the only supplier that has this technology.