Overland Optical Family Eye care is pleased to be the main practice in the Overland and St. Charles areas to offer a total retinal view to our patients WITHOUT dilation.
Viewing The Inside of the Eye
The retina is a gathering of photoreceptors (rods and cones) and nerves that permit us to see our general surroundings. It is likewise one of the first and only places certain ailments like diabetes, hypertension, blood cancers and infections are obvious non-intrusively. The thin, sensitive nature of the tissue likewise also leaves it vulnerable to tears and gaps, particularly in myopic patients, which can lead to retinal detachments. It is essential for your optometrist to see the inside of your eye each year to guarantee there are no infections or imperfections, and we have two choices for our patients, dilation or Optomap imaging.
Our eye doctors can see around 20% of this tissue without dilating your eyes. At the point when the pupil is little it’s hard to see inside the eye, yet when the pupil grows a bigger size 100% of the retina can be seen. (Consider trying to see a room through a keyhole versus a huge window.) Dilation is done by putting an eye drop into both eyes and 20 minutes later it works. You will experience light sensitivity and blurry close vision for 2-4 hours.
An acceptable second option to dilation is the Optomap Daytona retinal imaging system, which we are pleased to be the main facility in the area to offer our patients.
Optomap Digital Retina Imaging System
Optos offers the Optomap computerized retinal imaging system, which catches a picture of your retina quickly and there are no side effects. You get an exhaustive exam without the irritation of dilation. Notwithstanding making you smile, we love the Optomap on the grounds that we can get an advanced picture of your retinal tissue to continue record to better tail you for changes after some time, which happen in sicknesses, for example, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
There are particular cases in which dilation is essential, and those are determined on case by case basis. For most patients, we’ll either dilate or use Optomap imaging in alternate years.
[Not so] Fun Fact
The man responsible for the Optomap camera was inspired to invent the device after his young child suffered an eye emergency and lost vision in one eye. The child was uncooperative during his eye exam, and his optometrist was not able get proper perspectives to identify the retinal tear, which would have permitted treatment at an earlier stage to prevent blindness. The father, who happened to be a talented engineer, thought there should have been a less demanding approach to discover retinal issues. Patients and optometrists express gratitude toward him!