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When you visit our optometrists in Meridian for a comprehensive eye exam, an important part of the exam is a thorough assessment of the retinas. At Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian, we utilize innovative and extremely accurate optomap retinal imaging technology to obtain a detailed image of your retinas and be on the lookout for potential signs of ocular conditions and eye diseases.
Specifically, optomap retinal imaging involves a comprehensive scan of the eye. Using a high powered lens, it is possible for our doctors to see all the way to the backs of the eyes, including the retinas and the optic nerve. This image can then allow us to spot potential signs of problems, including:
Furthermore, the quality of the images obtained through optomap imaging makes it easier for doctors to spot symptoms of eye diseases earlier than other means of retinal exams, potentially increasing the chances for successful treatment/management of these conditions by an optometrist or eye surgeon.
In the past, the only way for eye doctors to physically evaluate the eyes in this manner during an eye and vision exam was to use dilation drops. These drops dilated the pupils, allowing for physical examination of the backs of the eyes. However, anybody who has had these dilation drops done before knows that they can be slightly uncomfortable, and the effects of the drops can last for awhile after the appointment. Fortunately, optomap imaging technology makes it possible to avoid the use of those eye drops and obtain a clearer and more precise picture of the internal structures of the eye.
Furthermore, optomap imaging makes it easy for eye doctors to keep copies of your optomap results in your patient files, which can come in handy for later reference. And of course, unlike dilation drops, the optomap scan is quick, painless, and does not leave any lasting effects. Patients are simply asked to place their foreheads up to a cushioned platform while the camera focuses on one eye at a time. When the eye is properly lined up (with the help of our optometry team), the machine will take the photo and it will instantly be displayed digitally for our optometrist to review and assess.
The same process is repeated for each eye. Your eye doctor will even be able to show you each image during your exam so you can see the eye structures themselves and have a better understanding of your ocular health.
If you're due for an eye care appointment and are interested in using optomap imaging technology, contact our Meridian eye doctors today by calling (601) 485-2020.