Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions from patients.

Q: How long has the optomap been available?
A: The optomap was given clearance by market by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999.

Q: Is the optomap as comprehensive as the old way I had my eye examined?
A: The optomap gives a comprehensive view that was previously unavailable and adds the ability to diagnose the health of your eye.

Q: How soon can you see the results?
A: You will be able to review the results the same day.

Q: What does the optomap tell the doctor?
A: The optomap allows the doctor to assess your ocular and overall systemic health.

Q: Why is it important for the doctor to look at the retina?
A: The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases and it is essential to catch any problems early in their progression to avoid vision loss.

Q: Do I need to have an optomap exam?
A: It is highly recommended but not required.

Q: If I don’t have an optomap exam, will I still get a good eye exam?
A: Of course! However, you should know that an optomap exam has been proven to help detect problems earlier and you will not have the opportunity to learn about your own ocular health.

Q: What age groups are candidates?
A: The optomap is recommended for patients of all ages.

Q: Can my child be tested?
A: Yes!

Q: Can I wear my contact lenses during the optomap exam?
A: Yes.

Q: Will an optomap exam tell me if I have cataracts?
A: No, the optomap is looking at the back of your eye and cataracts are a problem that occur in the front of your eye. The optomap will tell you if you have conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, retinal holes, tears, and detachments, macular degeneration, malignant melanomas, and many other retinal disorders.

Q: How long will an optomap exam take?
A: An optomap image can be captured in 1/4 of a second per eye.

Q: I don’t have any complaints and I see well, why should I get an optomap exam?
A: Most eye disorders do not cause pain or other symptoms. Also, when detected early enough, many retinal problems can be treated to avoid vision loss. However, once a retinal problem has caused a loss in vision, it is almost never reversible. Early detection is vital to preserving good eye health.

Q: I have a family history of diabetes, should I have this done and why?
A: It is particularly important for people who are at risk for diabetes to have an optomap exam since they are particularly prone to problems with the retina that could lead to vision loss.

Q: Does this mean I will not be dilated?
A: It is possible that dilation may not be required. Dilation is a tool that also evaluates your retina.

Q: Can I drive right away afterward?
A: Generally, yes. The optomap exam will NOT blur your vision or make you sensitive to light. However, if as above, you are dilated in combination with the optomap, we recommend that you not drive for one to two hours.

Q: Will I still see blurry up close?
A: No, the optomap is very comfortable for you.

Q: Does this hurt?
A: No, the optomap is very comfortable for you.

Q: Can taking an optomap cause any damage?
A: No, the optomap exam is a safe procedure.

Q: How often is it recommended to have an optomap exam done?
A: The optomap should be part of every comprehensive eye exam, and you should have your eyes completely examined once per year. Note: May vary for diabetic or other patients who have known pathology and are being managed by doctors.

Q: How do you clean the eyepiece?
A: With alcohol.

Q: Is it sanitary?
A: Yes.

Q: Will this change my prescription? Will I need glasses after this?
A: The optomap will not change the current prescription. It will help to better diagnose the health of your retina.

Q: I am pregnant, can I have this test done?
A: Yes.

If you still have questions regarding the optomap exam or machine, please contact us and we be more than happy to answer any other questions.