1. How many Optomap® Retinal Exams have been performed?

    As of January 2007 over 10 million Optomap® Retinal Exams have been performed.

  2. How soon will the doctor see the results?

    A digital image of your retina is immediately displayed for your doctor to review with you.

  3. What does the Optomap® Retinal Exam tell the doctor?

    The Optomap® Retinal Exam allows the doctor to assess the health of your retina.

  4. Why is it important for the doctor to look at the retina?

    The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases. It is essential to catch any problems early in their progression to avoid vision loss This includes retinal tears, retinal detachment, retinal bleeding.

  5. What age groups are candidates for the Optomap® Retinal Exam?

    Anyone can have their eyes examined with the Optomap® Retinal Exam, from children to adults to the elderly.

  6. Can I wear my contact lenses during the Optomap® Retinal Exam?


  7. Will the Optomap® Retinal Exam detect if I have cataracts?

    No, the Optomap® Retinal Exam is imaging the back of your eye, and cataracts are a problem that occurs on the front of your eye. The Optomap® Retinal Exam will tell you if you have diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, retinal holes, tears and detachments, macular degeneration, malignant melanomas and many other retinal disorders.

  8. How long does it take to have an Optomap® Retinal Exam?

    A digital image of your retina is captured in less than a second.

  9. I don't have any complaints; I see well, why should I get this?

    Many retinal conditions do not produce symptoms such as pain. When detected early enough, many retinal problems can be treated to avoid vision loss. However, once a retinal problem has caused a loss in vision, it is almost never reversible. Early detection is vital to preserving good eye health.

  10. I have a family history of diabetes, should I have this done? Why?

    It is particularly important for people who are at risk for diabetes to have an Optomap® Retinal Exam since they are particularly prone to problems with the retina that could lead to vision loss.

  11. If I have this done, will I still need to have my eyes dilated?

    There is no need for dilating drops with the Optomap® Retinal Exam. However, if your doctor should see an area that they feel is suspicious, he/she may dilate your eyes and examine them further using other methods.

  12. Does this mean I will not be dilated? My doctor has told me I always need to be dilated.

    The Optomap® Retinal Exam gives the doctor a comprehensive view of your retina without dilating your eyes. With the Optomap® Retinal Exam, it is possible to avoid dilation in most cases although your doctor may still wish to dilate your eyes.

  13. Can I drive after having the Optomap® Retinal Exam?

    Yes, if there has been no dilation the Optomap® Retinal Exam will NOT blur your vision or make your eyes sensitive to light.

  14. Does having the Optomap® Retinal Exam hurt?

    No, the Optomap® Retinal Exam is very comfortable, quick and painless.

  15. How often is it recommended to have an Optomap® Retinal Exam done?

    The Optomap® Retinal Exam should be part of every comprehensive eye exam, and you should have your eyes completely examined once per year. NOTE: This may vary for diabetic or other patients who have known conditions and are being managed by their doctor.

  16. Will this change my prescription? Will I need glasses after this?

    The Optomap® Retinal Exam will not change the current health of your eye, only help your doctor to better diagnose the health of your retina.

  17. I am pregnant. Can I have the test done?


  18. Why do you have to take so many "pictures" of my eyes?

    Unless there are problems found, or your doctor needs more information, the Optomap® Retinal Exam will be the only picture of your retina taken at your visit.

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