Optomap« allows an
unprecedented view of the retina - the back of the eye - using state of the
art technology and without the need for drops to dilate the eye.
The retina is like the film of your eye's "camera", lining
the back inside surface of the eyeball and capturing light entering through
the pupil. These light signals are gathered together and transmitted
through nerve cells on the retina via the optical nerve (your "blind spot")
to the brain. The brain then interprets the signals as an image which
we perceive as sight. In the normal eye this process goes on without
us being aware of it, but occasionally something goes wrong and the pathways
may be disrupted, leading to a disturbance in our vision.
Optomap« shows us if the problem
lies within the retinal tissues.
But sometimes the disturbance does not affect our vision
at first, and we may be unaware that anything is amiss. That's where
Optomap« really comes
into its own, allowing the Optometrist to detect changes before they affect
our sight, and in many cases this will give us time to have interventional
treatment if that is available.
Normally by using the conventional ophthalmoscope, the
Optometrist can see up to a 30║ angle of the retina, but with
Optomap« technology this improves
to up to 200║. The analogy we like to use is being able to
see right into a room by opening the door, rather than trying to see it
through the keyhole. The difference is "night and day" for the
Optometrist as he is able to see so much more than
detachment clearly visible on the left of the Optomap«
image (appears like a green fold of material)
||The edge of the
retina is showing what is called "lattice degeneration" on the extreme
left, where it has thinned and weakened
||Changes in the
retina known as diabetic retinopathy, showing up as white/yellow
spots. Early detection can lead to effective treatment.
||The retina of a
healthy 3 year old child, the macula or fovea showing like a green
pimple in the centre, and bright yellow optic nerve to the left of it.
All of the above images provide about 6-7 times
greater field of view than even a dilated eye using the conventional
For details of the professional fees charged for Optomap imaging, please
ask our receptionist, email, phone or fax.