Optomap™ Retinal Eye Exam at Isthmus Eye Care

The Optomap™ Retinal Exam produces the most comprehensive image of your retina, allowing the doctor to perform a more thorough exam. The result is that we can better prevent or reduce vision loss by early detection of eye diseases with a simple, quick and patient-friendly technology.


Why is an Optomap™ image important?

Any routine eye exam should always include a careful look at the retina, which is located at the back of the eye, to assess for abnormalities or disease. The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases that can ultimately lead to partial loss of vision or even complete blindness. Early detection of any abnormality is crucial.

*IMPORTANT:* The Optomap™ Retinal Exam is an elective procedure. The doctors highly recommend that you elect to undergo an Optomap™ Retinal Exam for baseline and comparative eye health evaluations. The fee for the Optomap™ procedure is $39 for images of both eyes. This is not a billable procedure toward HMO, vision plan or insurance coverage.

How does the Optomap™ work?

The Optomap™ exam is simple--with the push of a button, the doctor gets a high resolution, digital image of your retina for immediate review. The Optomap™ image is captured as a standard part of your examination entrance testing performed by our highly trained optometric technicians, done even without dilation drops. The image is acquired with special laser technology in only a quarter of a second and is FDA-approved to ensure patient safety. The doctor will review the image with you in the exam room on a flat panel computer monitor, in order to compare the digital image to the results of your retinal eye health examination. As you see in the two images below, normal versus abnormal is easy to see with the Optomap™.

The Optomap™ retinal exam is recommended annually for patients of all ages. Ask for the Optomap™ at your exam today!


Normal Retina

normal retina

Retina with Lattice Degeneration

damaged retina

The human retina is about the size of a large postage stamp. This image shows normal blood vessels, optic nerve and retina tissue which is essentially the "wallpaper" on the inside of the eye.

The abnormal areas of this retina are on the left side of this image, looking like stretch marks with dark pigmentation. This condition can lead to retinal holes, tears, or even detachments.


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