Dr. Cohn answers questions about Optomap Retinal Imaging
1) Please describe what the Optomap is used for and give a basic sense of how it works
The Optomap is used to obtain an ultra-widefield digital image of the retina without the need for dilation drops. A low powered scanning laser is used to capture the image.
2) What components, or how much of the retina, does this look at and give imaging for?
The Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging system captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image
3) What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?
Diabetes, hypertension, tumors, retinal tears and detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc
4) 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?
The Optomap allows us to use the most up to date technology to screen the retina for eye diseases without the discomfort and down time experienced with dilating drops.
5) Can you describe the patient experience when using the Optomap?
The patient simply looks into the instrument for a green light with a red ring around it. Once the patient is in the correct position, the patient will experience a flash as the image is taken. The test takes only seconds.
6) Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out, appreciate the upgrade in
Our patients love the technology. They appreciate that in most cases they do not have to experience the extra time and blurred vision associated with dilation.
7) How does this technology improve comprehensive eye exams compared to the days when
we did not have Optomap Retinal Imaging?
Before the Optomap Retinal Exam, we would have to rely on dilating eye drops to get the full, complete view of the retina that was needed to conduct a thorough eye health evaluation. The dilated eye examination could often be uncomfortable for patients, and the side effects of the drops would usually last for several hours. By having a digital image taken, the patient does not have to suffer from any side effects, and the images can be compared to one another year after year, allowing the doctor to catch and diagnose eye disease at their earliest, and most treatable stages.
8) To what patients do you recommend using the Optomap?
We recommend it to all of our patients.
9) Are there certain feelings or vision issues that a person may notice that would point to the
Most eye diseases are not detectable by the patient at their earliest stages, but if a person notices any sudden loss of vision, flashing lights, or new floaters, a comprehensive eye exam combined with an Optomap scan would be a very good idea.