The new Optos has arrived at our practice!

Our Maple Grove Eye Doctors’ practice at Pearle Vision now offers patients access to the Optomap as part of their comprehensive eye exam.

The Optomap is a 200 degree digital image of the retina – a much wider view than the traditional 45 degree image in less than 1/2 a second.  Don’t you want your doctor to see your entire retina?  Yup, we do stuff the other guys don’t do.

“We are extremely pleased to offer this technology to our patients,” said Dr. Mark Korthals, Director of Optometry. “Most patients feel they should only be examined when they need a change in prescription. In reality, one of the most important parts of the examination is determining the health of the retina. The Optomap provides us with a permanent digital image which we can manipulate and magnify to have the most comprehensive view of the back of the eye in order to better and more effectively discover abnormalities that may be present.”

The Optomap non-invasively captures an instantaneous, ultra-wide field digital image of the retina, revealing important information for the comprehensive evaluation of systemic and ocular health. The image, which is captured in less than half a second, enhances clinical care, patient satisfaction, and practice efficiency. It is performed quickly and easily which enables practitioners to spend more time diagnosing and educating rather than gathering information. An Optomap is performed as part of a comprehensive eye exam.

An optomap image provides our team of eye doctors with a tool to help discover retinal disease, and assist in the diagnosis of eye conditions – and potentially other health conditions – early. It also enables us to effectively determine the next course of action.

Early detection of any retinal abnormality may lead to earlier and safer treatments and in many cases prevent vision loss. An Optomap should be performed annually regardless of symptoms, thereby allowing doctors to observe subtle changes occurring as their patients age.

Since its inception, millions of Optomap images have been conducted worldwide, aiding in the detection and diagnosis of serious eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular degeneration, and other pathologies like melanomas.