In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients, Eye Clinic of Austin is proud to announce the inclusion of the Optomap® Retinal Exam as an optional part of your routine eye exam. The Optomap assists us in the evaluation of your retina, which means you do not have to have your eyes dilated at your annual eye exam.
What is the Optomap?
The Optomap is a scanning laser ophthalmoscope that discovers abnormalities in your retina and helps us diagnose any potentially harmful diseases. The early detection of any retinal abnormality is crucial to maintaining your ocular and systemic health. It is important to understand that in most cases of eye disease, in early stages you will experience no signs or symptoms.
The Optomap retinal exam is a simple procedure. In less than a second with a click of a button, this instrument non-invasively generates a high-resolution digital color image. This image becomes a part of your permanent medial record and enables us to enhance the digital image to see more of your retina. We can then measure aspects of your eye and magnify some of the finer details.
Optomap at Eye Clinic of Austin
The first step to the Optomap retinal exam is a scan to confirm if your eye is healthy or if there is disease present. Next, your eye doctor reviews an overview or map of the retina, and you have the opportunity to view and discuss the Optomap images with the eye doctor. A permanent record is kept for your medical file, enabling your eye doctor to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.
Optomap Retinal Exam for Children
Since many vision problems can begin at an early age, detection and treatment are essential in preventing conditions that could potentially cause problems or permanent vision loss. The Optomap Retinal Exam is the same procedure for children as it is for adults and is highly recommended as a way to view a child’s retina.
PLEASE NOTE: The Optomap Retinal Exam is optional and when used for screening purposes in a routine vision exam will not be covered under either your health plan or your vision plan. This means you would be responsible for the charges.
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