We have recently had several questions about the optomap retinal imaging technology that we are now providing for our patients at Derby City Eye Care. The following are some common questions (and answers) that may be useful before your next visit to our practice.
Q: What is optomap retinal imaging?
A: The optomap is an ultra-wide, high-resolution, digital, color image of the retina that allows your eye doctor to quickly detect and diagnose abnormalities in your eyes including retinal detachments, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and more.
Q: Do I need eye drops for an optomap?
A: No. The optomap takes a picture of your eyes without the need for eye drops.
Q: How is optomap retinal imaging performed?
A: You look through a hole in the machine (one eye at a time) and the doctor pushes a button that takes the picture. You will see a flash of light that lets you know when the picture has been taken.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: No. The optomap is fast, painless, and as comfortable as getting your picture taken.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: No adverse health effects have been reported in more than 150 million optomap pictures taken.
Q: Is it safe for my children?
A: Yes. In fact, most children (and their parents) prefer getting their picture taken with the optomap rather than having their eyes dilated (with eye drops).
Q: Does the optomap replace dilation?
A: No. The optomap is an alternative to dilation. There are some conditions where dilation is more appropriate, and the doctor and staff will help you determine which one is best for your eyes.
Q: Do I have to pay extra for the optomap?
A: At this time, most insurances do not pay for the optomap. We charge a small additional fee for this service.
Q: How often should I get an optomap retinal image?
A: Every patient is unique. The doctor will review your history and examination findings and let you know what is best for your eyes.