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What is an Optos?

Optos allows the Optometrist to view a large portion of the retina without dilation. The benefit to the patient includes earlier detection of retinal pathology and common dieseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer. The exam is quick and painless and may not require dilation. Historical results can be used to accurately track any conditions. Optos does not remove the need for dilation, it is not covered by insurance.

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Questions

Why is a retinal exam so important?
Some of the first signs of diseases such as stroke, diabetes and even some cancers can be seen in your retina, often before you have other symptoms. An optomap makes it easier to see them.

Is an optomap safe for children?
Yes. In fact, many vision problems begin in early childhood, so it's important for children to receive quality routine eye care.

What is an optomap?
The optomap is a panoramic digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can show a wide 82% view of your retina at one time.

Does it hurt?
No. It is completely comfortable and the scan takes less than a second.

How will optomap benefit me?
An optomap's wide view of the retina may help your eye doctor detect problems more quickly and easily. Unlike traditional retinal exams, the optomap image can be saved for future comparisons.

Are there side effects?
optomap images are created by non-invasive, low-intensity scanning lasers. No adverse effects have been reported in over 39 million sessions.

How often should I have an optomap?
This is a decision that should be made by your doctor. However, it is generally recommended that you have an optomap each time you have an eye exam.