Optomap digital retinal imaging
Optomap digital retinal imaging is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image, while traditional imaging methods produce a retinal photograph which typically only shows 15% of your central retina at any one time.
Using this technology, we are able to detect and monitor many eye conditions at a much earlier stage, often detecting conditions that may have been missed at previous examinations.
The earlier these conditions are detected, the earlier treatment is commenced and there is more chance of success.
Did you know eye exams can also check the health of your body, as well as the health of your eye?
The eye is the only place in the body where it is possible to directly look in and see blood vessels and arteries, so it’s important to have your eyes examined regularly, even if you are not experiencing any vision problems.
Conditions we have found so far include:
- Retinal haemorrhages, leading to patients being referred for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, anaemia and leukaemia.
- Birth marks which are benign but can sometimes become cancerous. Monitoring these annually allows us to compare each successive Optomap image for changes in size,colour and shape.
- Retinal holes and tears leading to successful treatment by a local ophthalmologist by laser, preventing this developing in to a retinal detachment which would rapidly lead to loss of sight.
We are one of only four practices in the whole of Greater Manchester and Cheshire that offer this amazing technology and we recommend that all patients including children, routinely have an Optomap.