The optomap exam is fast, painless, comfortable and suitable for the whole family. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.
Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but your eye care practioner will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on your conditions. The capture takes less than a second and images are available immediately for review. You are able to see exactly what your eye care practioner sees - even in a 3D animation.
Zeiss Optical Coherence Tomograph (OCT)
WHAT IS AN OCT?
Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT, is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. It is, effectively, an 'optical ultrasound', imaging reflections from within tissue to provide the cross-sectional images.
OCT is attracting interest among the medical community, because it provides tissue morphology imagery at much higher resolution than other imaging methods such as MRI or ultra sound.
WHAT IS OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY USED TO DETECT?
OCT is useful in diagnosing many eye conditions including:
Macular hole: a small break in the macula, the part of your eye responsible for detailed, central vision
Macular pucker: a layer of scar tissue that grows on the surface of the retina, particularly the macula
Macular edema: swelling or thickening of the macula
Central serous retinopathy: (sometimes called serous choroidpathy) build-up of fluid under the retina that distorts vision
Diabetic retinopathy: diabetes damages the tiny blood cells in the retina
Age-related macular degeneration: alterations and degeneration in the macula that causes loss of central vision
In addition, OCT is often used to evaluate disorders of the optic nerve, which is made up of many nerve fibers and sends signals from your retina to your brain. The OCT exam is helpful in determining changes to the fibers in the optic nerve, such as those caused by glaucoma.