Eye Center, Inc. is proud to bring optomap® to Manatee County. The optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. To put this into perspective, traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time.

Your retina is located in the back of your eye and is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be viewed directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and hypertension) can also be seen in the retina.

Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or health. While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy.

What happens during the process?

Getting an optomap image is quick, painless and comfortable. It’s completely noninvasive and nothing touches your eye at any time. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time as if you’re looking through a keyhole. You will see a gentle flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.

Typically, dilation drops are not necessary while getting an optomap image. The capture takes less than a second, and images are immediately available. You can see your own retina – even with 3D animation.

Without the need for dilation, optomap is a great option for anyone with a busy lifestyle. It is perfect for a career-driven individual with only a quick lunch break to pop in for an appointment or a busy mom who can’t afford to leave the visit with dilated eyes. Even the children can have imaging done on their eyes. It is suitable for the whole family!

Benefits of an Optomap procedure

There are several benefits of having an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image taken:

  • optomap enables early protection from vision impairment or blindness
  • Early detection of life-threatening diseases like stroke, cancer and cardiovascular disease
  • The unique optomap ultra-widefield view helps your eye care professional identify early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams
  • Early detection means treatments can be administered to reduce the risk to your sight and health.

Schedule your optomap imaging today at any of our three convenient Eye Center, Inc. locations in Manatee County! Give us a call at 941-756-2020 to visit our Cortez, Manatee or Parrish offices.