The retina is located at the back of your eye, and it is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be directly seen. As such, both eye conditions and signs of other diseases can be seen in the retina. Retinal photos are very important in the overall determination of your eye health. Often times the first signs of strokes, diabetes and even some cancers can be seen in your retina, before other symptoms begin to show.
Early detection of eye conditions or diseases is imperative in seeking treatment and preventing further risk. Featuring the Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging system, the optometrist at Dr. Chris Schell is able to see 80% of your retina compared to the traditional imaging methods that only show 15% of your retina at one time. This is the only panoramic digital imaging system that will allow a wide 82% view with an immediate 3D animation and capture of your retina.
The process of an optomap image is very simple and painless. You look into a device with one eye and you will see a flash of light to let you know the the retinal image has been taken. A standard optomap image do not deem dilation drops as necessary, however depending on your condition you may need to have your eyes dilated.
Once the image is captured, it is saved in your permanent clinical records and is available for Dr. Schell and team to study, track your eye health, and allow you to become more involved in your eye care. The optomap is safe for all ages, and it is especially important for children to receive quality eye care as many vision problems begin in early childhood. There are no adverse health effects reported in over 50 million optomap sessions.
For more information or to book your comprehensive optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging exam, call or stop by Dr. Chris Schell in Barrie, Ontario!