Get the BIG picture!
The Optomap® is now a staple scan as part of our comprehensive eye examination. An Optomap® using Optos® Daytona Plus literally gives us a 200° field of view of your retina. See Figure 1. This is massive compared to 45° using traditional retinal photography. Retinal photography is now considered old school. This technology has been around for decades, it started with film then digital photography but the principles are the same. It is definitely better than nothing but has limitations compared with current technology.
Figure 1: Optomap vs traditional fundus imaging.
To give you a perspective, Figure 2 is a pair of images, on the left was taken with traditional retinal camera and on the right was an Optomap® taken with our Optos® Daytona Plus. They are size-matched of the same eye in real clinical setting of an actual patient (not a model).
Figure 2: Real life Optomap vs traditional fundus imaging.
As well as giving your an ultra-widefield scan of your retina, Daytona Plus is also able to perform a medical imaging technique called autofluorescence imaging of your retina. Autofluorescence imaging is relatively new in eyecare. Currently, not many NHS hospitals are able to perform that but we can! This technology shows up certain condition, such as atrophic macular degeneration, while it will be relatively invisible to traditional techniques. Combined with its ultra-widefield capability, Optos® Daytona Plus is just something else entirely.
We thoroughly enjoy this modern and hi-tech piece of equipment like this to give you the advanced eye care you deserve.
Optomap® with Optos® Daytona Plus can be performed in our Emsworth and Storrington practice. Click below for details.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Does it hurt?
Optomap® with Optos® Daytona Plus is the only way to provide an ultra-widefield image of your retina. It is PAINLESS. In most cases, Optomap can achieve that without eye drops to dilate your pupils.
2. Do I need any drops in my eyes? Can I drive afterwards?
The beauty of this test is it was designed from the beginning to see the back of eyes well and it is easily accessible. Hence, we do not need any drops to dilate your pupils 99% of the times. As a result, you are perfectly safe to drive after Optomap® (providing you hold a valid driving licence...). This means the procedure will be convenient, takes very little of your time and most importantly without the need to have transport arrangement.
3. Do I really need this?
We would say YES because we are striving to provide the next level of care compared to what you can get in an average optometric practice.
4. Is there a fee?
This advanced test comes with a small fee and is not funded by our lovely NHS because the concept of NHS 'eye test' was designed in 1948 and was never designed to include modern technology we have at our disposal today. One key thing to point out is the NHS and other government bodies still refer to 'eye tests' while we are actually providing our patients complete EYE EXAMINATIONS! We check more than your vision. We are checking your eye health which is closely linked to your general health. We are responsible to take care of you if you let us.