As you age, vision problems such as retinal detachment or macular degeneration are more likely to develop. These conditions tend to be asymptomatic in the early stages, which makes prompt detection challenging. This is a problem, as early intervention is critical in halting the conditions’ advancement and safeguarding vision.
Fortunately, we offer the OPTOS Retinal Exam, which can detect vision problems before they take a turn for the worse. Your eye doctor from Alderwood Optical explains how the retinal exam works.
Roles of the Retina
Apart from its optic functionalities, the retina also acts as a window through which other health problems can be detected. Since blood vessels can directly be seen on this part of your eye, diabetic retinopathy, eye stroke and early signs of heart disease can be detected just by assessing the retina.
How the OPTOS Retinal Exam Works
OPTOS uses optomap® ultra-widefield retinal imaging to capture a 3D image of your retina. Your eye doctor will decide whether pupil dilation drops are needed prior to the eye exam. After the necessary preparations, you will be directed to look into the optomap device for less than a second while you wait for a flash of light. The light indicates that the retinal image capturing is done.
OPTOS Retinal Exam allows early detection of preventable and treatable eye conditions. Compared to the meager area coverage of 15% using traditional image capturing methods, optomap imaging can assess up to 80% of the retina. Images may be reviewed with your optometrist immediately after the exam. And since the results are computerized, patients no longer need to bring physical copies of their previous files during their next checkup.
At Alderwood Optical, we believe that visual health can be maintained with the help of regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams. We offer OPTOS Retinal Exam as part of our excellent optical care services. You may call us at (425) 771-8472. We cater to patients in Bothell, WA.