B H McKeague Optician Ballymena | Optometrist

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The Benifits of Optomap

An Optomap is a highly advanced device that captures a detailed and comprehensive image of the retina at the back of the eye. Unlike traditional methods that require pupil dilation using eye drops, the Optomap imaging technology provides a wide view of up to 80% (200 degrees) of the retina without any discomfort or side effects. Here’s how it works:

  1. Patient Interaction: The patient looks into the Optomap instrument and focuses on an LED target displayed on a touch screen.
  2. Image Capture: The operator touches the monitor to capture an image of the retina, similar to taking a photograph.
  3. Laser Scanning: Green and red lasers are projected, and a scanning process begins. Multiple images are captured using different wavelengths of laser light.
  4. High-Resolution View: The final product is a wide, high-resolution view of the retina, providing valuable insights for eye health.
  5. Quick and Painless: The entire process takes about one minute per eye.

Optomap imaging offers several advantages over traditional dilation methods. It eliminates the need for eye drops, which can cause blurry vision and light sensitivity. While some argue that it provides less magnification of the optic nerve compared to dilation, others believe it offers a more advanced look into the retina and allows for easy comparison of images over time.