Technology is constantly changing; anyone who upgrades yearly to the newest version of the iPhone knows this! Just like that new iPhone makes it easier for people to manage their daily lives, new systems in the eye care field—like the Optos ultra-widefield retinal scanning system—make it easier for physicians to diagnose and treat patients’ eye issues.
How Traditional Retinal Imaging Works
During an eye exam, the eye doctor uses a tool called an ophthalmoscope to look at the back of the eye. They also rely on retinal imaging to take digital photos of the back of the eye, called the retina. These images give them a much wider view of the eye, allowing them more precision in checking for damage and disease. The images show the retina, the optic disk (which holds the optic nerve and sends visual information to the brain), and blood vessels within the eye. Not every eye exam requires retinal imaging, but it’s particularly helpful for patients with diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other health issues that can damage the eye.
Optos Revolutionizes Retinal Imaging
Many physicians are still using traditional retinal imaging, but the doctors at St. Charles Vision are using Optos’ state-of-the-art ultra-widefield scanning device. No, it’s not a time travel system or an alien scanner from a sci-fi movie—although it sure sounds like it could be! The Optos system is a revolutionary tool in ophthalmology that allows doctors to see more of the eye than ever before. Low-powered laser wavelengths in the machine simultaneously scan the eye, capturing 82 percent of the retina in one image, and up to 97 percent in multiple images. That’s 50 percent more than the older technology can capture! The Optos system gives doctors several different views of the eye at once, aiding in diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and eye conditions. With Optos, patients can receive an improved prognosis and better long-term results.
The physicians at St. Charles Vision are proud to use the most advanced technology, like the Optos retinal imaging system, to diagnose and treat patients’ eye problems. To schedule an appointment, contact the location closest to you today.