The Optomap Option. Full Eye Exam Without Dilating Eyes
For patients who want to avoid the discomfort associated with a dilated eye exam, there is an alternative.
What is Optomap?
Optomap retinal exam, a panoramic digital image of the retina with scanning laser technology, is a patient-friendly exam without dilation drops (the traditional method to examine the retina). Fast, painless and comfortable – nothing touches the eye, Optomap is suitable for the whole family.
What happens during the Optomap exam?
During the exam, simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole). The optometrist technician gently positions your head so you are looking at the ball in the middle of the circle and takes a photo – capturing the image in seconds. You will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The process is repeated with the other eye.
How does Optomap work?
Optomap images are created by non-invasive, low-intensity scanning lasers that encompass a widefield digital image of the retina without dilation drops. The image can then be filtered, allowing various layers of the retina to be evaluated. The digital image lets the eye care professional review it for a quick evaluation. The image is stored for future comparisons.
Why is it important to have the retina examined?
The retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly.
In addition to eye conditions, such as Glaucoma, retinal detachment, Macular Degeneration, eye tumors or eye cancer, signs of other diseases, such as 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.
A traditional exam with dilation is especially important if you’re at high risk of retinal issues. During a laser retina scan, such as Optomap, your eyes might or might not be dilated. Although these laser retina scans can detect some retinal abnormalities, the scans have limitations.
Who is a good candidate?
- Almost everyone is a good candidate – just to name a few:
- Patients who can’t or don’t want to be dilated
- Patients with a history of eye problems (such as diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma)
- Patients who are light sensitive
What is the cost of this exam? Is it covered by insurance?
The cost for an Optomap exam is $39.
As a general rule, if the images are taken as baseline documentation of a healthy eye or as preventative medicine to screen for potential disease, then it is not covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare.
Where can I have this exam?
EyeCare Optical, a division of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor and Haun, is pleased to offer Optomap Retinal Exams at these locations:
EyeCare Optical – Farragut
12744 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934
EyeCare Optical – Sevierville
962 Dolly Parton Pkwy
Sevierville, TN 37862
Main Office – Knoxville
1124 E. Weisgarber Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37909
EyeCare Optical – Maryville
104 Keller Lane
Maryville, TN 37801
EyeCare Optical – Hardin Valley
10841 Hardin Valley Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Eyecare Optical – Maryville
628 Smithview Dr.
Maryville, TN 37803