Frequently Asked Questions
Why is a retinal exam so important?
Some of the first signs of diseases such as stroke, diabetes and even some cancers can be seen in your retina, often before you have other symptoms. optomap makes it easier to see them.
What is an optomap?
The optomap is a panoramic digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can show a wide, 82% view of your retina at one time.
How will optomap benefit me?
An optomap's wide view of the retina may help your eye doctor detect problems more quickly and easily. Unlike traditional retinal exams, the optomap image can be saved for future comparisons.
Is an optomap expensive?
optomap is generally affordable for most families, even if you don't have vision insurance coverage. However, charges may vary depending on your doctor.
Are there side effects?
optomap images are created by non-invasive, low-intensity scanning lasers. No adverse effects have been reported in over 30 million sessions.
Is optomap safe for children?
Yes. In fact, many vision problems begin in early childhood, so it's important for children to receive quality routine eye care.
Does it hurt?
No. It is completely comfortable and the scan takes less than a second.
How often should I have an optomap?
This is a decision that should be made by your doctor. However, it is generally recommended that you have an optomap each time you have an eye exam.