Optomap is an ultrawide scan of the back of the eye. It uses red and green lasers to produce an image showing more of the back of the eye than ever before, hence the term ultrawide.
You want to know your eyes are healthy and an Optomap scan provides the additional peace of mind and reassurance that your eyes are as healthy as we think they are. It allows us to see up to 85% of the retina - a normal eye examination can really only see about 20% of the retina, even a retinal camera can only see around 15%. Not only does an Optomap scan show us the far periphery of the retina (that you just can't see it without this technology), but it also gives us diagnostic and functional information about the retina and the health of your eyes.
The image on the right shows the photo you get with a standard retinal camera in the centre and you can easily see the difference to the optomap image on the left with gives the full retina.
The scan is completely painless and takes less then a second to do each one. It's like having a green light whipped across your eye really quickly. You do not need to have any drops in the eyes either.
We don't have any other way of seeing that far into the periphery of the retina. That's the first reason why we use it, we can see parts of your eye with it that we couldn't before. The second reason that we use it is because of how it works. It scans round the eye with 2 different lasers, one red and one green. These different lasers image different depths of the retina - the red images the deeper retina and the green the outer retinal layer. This can give us amazing diagnostic information. The other main reason is the functional scan it performs. This can show us if any parts of the retina are under stress and therefore if there is anything actively damaging the retina.
Everyone. It is such a great diagnostic tool that everyone should have it done. It is the only way to see the peripheral parts of the retina. It is suitable for every age group - from 3 years old to 103.
Yes absolutely - the retinal screening programme is great, it has diabetic specialists checking the photographs taken for any signs of diabetes. The ideal for diabetic screening is a series of 7 photographs through a dilated pupil to see as much of the retina as they can with that technology. The Optomap image is still going to show us far more of the retina than these photos will. This is so important because research has shown that diabetic retinopathy tends to start out in the peripheral retina which isn't imaged at the screening. This can give early warning of any diabetic changes in the eyes. But the Optomap scan is looking for far more than just diabetes, so the reasons to have the scan are just the same for diabetics and non diabetics alike.
Our number of 5 star reviews is always growing. Here is what some of our current clients have to say
We have used Village Optician for a few years now. Having tried the usual High St opticians previously, we find them very professional, friendly, nothing is too much trouble, and they take time to explain any issues. It is refreshing not to be rushed and feel pressured into buying new spectacles at every visit.
I visited the Village opticians recently and today collected my new glasses. From the first meeting with the staff to collecting my glasses what a fantastic experience everyone has been so friendly and helpful. I explained I had a problem getting a frame to fit correctly, they told me It wouldn’t be a problem they could sort it. This is the first time I have gone to collect glasses and have them fit first time also the lens they recommended are great. I saw the reviews on line before I visited this opticians and can say I agree with their comments. Your eyesight is precious and this opticians go the extra mile to make sure you receive the best treatment.
Mrs Margaret P
I have used The Village Optician for the first time and have been very impressed with the service I have received. I felt the eye test was very thorough and choosing new frames was easy as their range is extensive. Very professional and friendly service from start to finish. I highly recommend this opticians.