When you go in for your routine eye exam at our Peoria office, you’ll be offered a new service called optomap®. optomap is a crucial component of a comprehensive exam, and it can tell you some surprising things about the current state and future health of your vision.
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Traditional ophthalmic cameras have a photographic field of just 20 percent. That leaves the majority of your retina (the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye) in the dark, so to speak, and doctors couldn’t get a clear view of the peripheral edges of your retina, which is where many eye diseases begin to take hold. The optomap retinal exam increases that field of vision to a staggering 82 percent.
The exam itself is quick and noninvasive. You’ll look into the optomap apparatus (one eye at a time) and see a flash of light. In just a split second, the camera captures the inner workings of your eye, and images are available — some even in 3D — immediately. Nothing touches your eye, and there is no discomfort and absolutely zero downtime.
optomap can detect eye disease (and other health problems) before they’re symptomatic. An optomap exam can help identify:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
When you incorporate optomap into your routine eye exam, you build an ongoing library dedicated to visual representations of your eye health. The ability to compare those images side by side adds in an extra layer of protection as your doctor sees how time and other factors affect your unique eye anatomy, determining which changes need a second look and which are benign.
Some medical conditions require a dilated exam. Your eye care provider will determine which option is best for you at the time of your visit.
The bottom line? An optomap exam is a fast and easy way to get a comprehensive report on your eye health. Call 309-243-2400 to schedule an appointment at our Peoria office today.