The Optomap® is now a common scan as part of our comprehensive eye examination. An Optomap® using Optos® Daytona Plus provides a 200° field of view of your retina. The situation is depicted in Figure 1. This is a significant change when compared to 45° with traditional retinal photography. Retinal photography isn't regarded cutting-edge any longer. This technology has been around for decades; it started with film and then moved on to digital photography, but the basics are still the same. It is undoubtedly preferable to nothing, but in compared to current technology, it has limitations.
Figure A depicts a pair of pictures, one taken with a standard retinal camera (right corner) and the other with our Optos® Daytona Plus (larger image). In a clinical setting with a genuine patient, they are matched in size to the same eye (not a model).
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it painful?
Optomap® with Optos® Daytona Plus is the only way to get an ultra-widefield image of your retina. It's a PAINLESS AND EASY operation. Without the use of eye medications to dilate your pupils, Optomap can typically accomplish this.
2. Do I require any eye drops? Is it okay if I drive afterward?
The beauty of this test is that it was designed from the beginning to allow you to view the back of your eyes clearly, and it's also quite easy to use. As a result, we don't need any drops to dilate your pupils 99 percent of the time. As a result, you are completely safe to drive after using Optomap® (providing you hold a valid driving licence...). This means that the therapy will be straightforward, quick, and, most significantly, will not need travel.
3. Do I really need this?
Yes, since we strive to give a higher level of care than you'd receive in a regular optometric practise.
4. Is there a charge for this service?
Because the NHS's 'eye exam' concept was founded in 1948, it was never designed to embrace the sophisticated technologies we have today, this advanced test has a little fee and is not covered by our excellent NHS. One thing to keep in mind is that, despite the fact that we conduct comprehensive EYE EXAMINATIONS to our patients, the NHS and other government agencies still refer to them as "eye tests." We look at more than just your eyes. We're looking at your vision, which is linked to your overall health. We are bound to look after you if you allow us.
In addition to giving you with an ultra-widefield scan of your retina, Daytona Plus may perform a medical imaging process called autofluorescence imaging of your retina. In the realm of ophthalmology, autofluorescence imaging is a relatively new method. Only a few NHS institutions are capable of doing so at the moment, but we are! This technology can detect some illnesses that are otherwise undetectable using traditional approaches, like as atrophic macular degeneration. When paired with its ultra-widefield capability, the Optos® Daytona Plus becomes something altogether different.
This cutting-edge, high-tech piece of equipment is one of our favourites for providing you with the advanced eye care you deserve.