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Retinal Imaging

Your retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina.

Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain. While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy.

Optos imaging systems are present in both our practices,  Daytona (Earls Colne) and California ( Frinton on Sea). both of these cameras are the latest versions of the first Optomap ultra wide camera.

These modern ultra-wide digital eye imaging provides a most comprehensive routine examination of the inside of your eye without the use of dilation drops. A permanent record is kept for future use.

Optos  is emerging as the new standard for primary eye care and retinal imaging. The device is the ideal way for a routine comprehensive retinal examination. The California version is especially designed to be used for patients with mobility issues and patients of a shorter stature. 

 

what other Optometrists say about Optomap imaging by Optos, click here.

 

Optos imaging in diabetic patients vs older technology cameras which need eye drops, click here.

Optomap ultra-wide digital eye imaging  provides the most comprehensive routine examination of the inside of your eye.  It is also suitable for Diabetics. A permanent record is kept for future use. We have the only Optos laser eye cameras locally.

 

Examples of eye problems detected with Optos:

Mrs. M  had a small stroke in her right eye treated successfully with laser in 2000. Optomap found a similar problem in the left eye, not detected two weeks ago at her previous optician. She has been referred for further treatment.

Mr. P.  had been examined at a local eye clinic for a retinal detachment a week previous, nothing found at the time. Optomap detected a sight threatening retinal detachment which has now been successfully repaired at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Mrs. S.  consulted us regarding a reduction of vision in one eye. Optomap detected wet macular changes which is now being treated at Ipswich Eye Clinic.

Mr. P.  consulted us some time after having run out of his medication for glaucoma. He now understands his eye problem and appreciates the need for treatment. He is taking his eye drops again.

Mr. H.  had been fitted with a pacemaker and was recommended to take Aspirin to thin his blood. He recently stopped the Aspirin. Optomap showed a blood clot at the back of his eye, he now takes Aspirin again.

Mr. D.  consulted us with respect to his diabetes. He was not aware of the complications inside his eyes leading to eye damage and now makes an extra effort to keep his diabetes under control.

Mr. J.  consulted us with respect to sudden loss of central vision, due to a dark spot, in one eye. we referred him immediately to an eye clinic for further macular assessment.

He has had three initial treatments in short succession and is now switching to 8 week intervals.
His eye has steadily improved from early Dec to early Jan, and subjectively the dark spot is 99% gone.