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Q & A With Dr. Allaway on the Optomap

optomapQ: Please describe what the Optomap is used for and give a basic sense of how it works. What components, or how much, of the retina does this look at and give imaging for?

A: Optomap is a digital scanning system designed to provide an image of 80% of the retina. This is a huge improvement over traditional retinal camera systems which can only image the central 20% of the retina. This allows us to check the retina for any health changes that might need further investigation.

Q: What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?

A: Changes to blood vessels due to diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol levels. also, macular degeneration, glaucoma changes, peripheral retinal diseases (holes, tears, detachments, etc.)

Q: What is it about this particular technology that you find most exciting; the component that made you feel you need to invest in this for your practice?

A: Simply put, we are seeing things with the optomap that we were unable to see without it. in addition, the optomap allows to view the peripheral retina without the use of dilating drops in most cases.

Q: Can you describe the patient experience when using the Optomap?

A: Pretty quick and simple. the technicians guide you into the proper position and there is a brief light while you look at a fixation target.

Q: Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out, appreciate the upgrade in technology?

A: Very much so.

Q: How does this technology improve comprehensive eye exams compared to the days when we did not have Optomap Retinal Imaging?

A: It allows us to view the retina to a much greater extent without having to use dilating drops. the procedure is much faster for the patient with much better information for the doctors.

Q: To what patients do you recommend using the Optomap?

A: We do optomap on everybody - even young children. Most things that we find do not have any symptoms so the patients usually had no idea that the problem existed until we find it.

Q: Are there certain feelings or vision issues that a person may notice that would point to the need for retinal imaging?

A: Any changes in vision, floaters, flashing lights. However, since most eye diseases do not result in vision loss until end stage, we do not want people to wait until they notice vision changes before getting checked out.

Q: In your own personal experience using the Optomap, what types of eye disease were you able to detect and treat that would have otherwise gone undetected?

A: Mostly peripheral retinal disorders. asymptomatic retinal holes and tears, retinal hemorrhages, and retinal anomolies.


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The Shuswap Optometric Team