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Optos Optomap Retinal Screener

Glaucoma is an eye disease commonly referred to as the thief of sight because it often attacks without warnings or symptoms. Glaucoma refers to a family of eye diseases where fluid in the eye builds up enough pressure to damage the nerve fibers in the retina resulting in irreversible loss of vision. In some cases this can lead to total blindness if undetected and untreated. There is no cure for glaucoma and no way to reverse the damage inflicted by this disease. However, if detected and treated in its early stages blindness can almost always be prevented.

Recent developments in technology, such as Optomap® and GDx VCC screening, allow doctors to capture and examine high-resolution images of a patient's retina enabling them to detect nerve fiber damage before pressure builds up and symptoms appear. If caught in its early stages, treatment can often prevent vision loss

The Optomap® Retinal Exam is a simple procedure. In less than a second with one click of a button, this instrument non-invasively generates a high-resolution, digital, color image of your retina. This image becomes a part of your permanent medical record and enables us to enhance the digital image to see more of your retina, measure aspects of your eye and magnify some of the finer details. We can also track changes in your eye over time by comparing each year's Optomap® to images taken in previous years. Also, if an anomaly is detected in your retina, we can send these images electronically to other specialist in necessary. This procedure also eliminates the need for eye dilation. Some patients choose Optomap® screening for this reason alone.

Adler Eye Associates highly recommends Optomap® and GDx VCC screening exams as part of your annual eye exam for the early detection of retinal problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes or detachments and diabetic retinopathy (all which can lead to partial loss of vision or blindness if undetected and untreated).

Optomap® and GDx VCC screening exams are optional procedures and are not covered by insurance providers. For more information about our Optomap® and GDx VCC screening including pricing information, please read our Optomap® and GDx VCC screening form.

We also encourage you to visit the Optos Optomap® web site. This site is intended to further educate the patient on Optomap® screening including a nice video featured on the syndicated daytime talk show "The Doctors".