Optomap Retinal Examination
As part of our commitment to the highest standard of eye care, we are delighted to offer you a new type of retinal examination - the optomap® Retinal Laser Scanner.
This unique new technology allows us to quickly and easily examine the back of your eyes (the retina) without pupil dilation, eye drops or touching your eyes. A regular retinal examination is important to check the health of your retina to detect eye conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and retinal tears/detachments early so that they can be treated.
In addition, signs of other diseases that affect not just your eyes can also be detected (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension). The optomap® Retinal Exam gives us access to areas of the retina which are difficult to view with conventional equipment including NHS diabetic retinal cameras. In less than a second we see virtually the entire retina displayed on screen immediately for review. The digital image can then be stored so that we can compare it and monitor each time you visit for an optomap® retinal exam. If necessary, the images can also be emailed to an eye specialist for further investigation.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is perfectly safe and suitable for all ages – from children to adults.
We believe the optomap® Retinal Exam is one of the most significant advances in eye care and we recommend that all of our patients make this part of their regular eye examination.
With Optomap Retinal Exam the majority of the retina is visible in one single image
We’re sure that you can see the benefits of this important new service
now available to all our patients for an additional charge of only £30.
The retina is a multi-layered sensory tissue that lines the back of the eye. It contains millions of photoreceptors that capture light rays and convert them into electrical impulses. These impulses travel along the optic nerve to the brain where they are turned into images.
There are two types of photoreceptors in the retina: rods and cones. The retina contains approximately 6 million cones. The cones are contained in the macula, the portion of the retina responsible for central vision. They are most densely packed within the fovea, the very centre portion of the macula. Cones function best in bright light and allow us to appreciate colour.
There are approximately 125 million rods. They are spread throughout the peripheral retina and function best in dim lighting. The rods are responsible for peripheral and night vision.
This photograph shows a normal retina with blood vessels that branch from the optic nerve, cascading toward the macula.