The Optos allows optometrists to screen the back of the eye without using dilating drops, making this procedure much more comfortable than traditional methods. If your doctor sees something that needs further investigation, dilation drops will then be used. This image also gives a snapshot in time allowing Optometrists to compare the previous pathology they may have noted in past visits. This is recommended for all patients, including kids, to ensure a detailed eye exam. With this image, we are able to diagnose eye diseases earlier and prevent vision loss.
How does Optos work?
The Optos system uses a series of lights to capture a wide-field view of the back of the eye. Unlike other imaging tools, Optos does not use MRI or X-ray technology.
What to expect when taking an Optos image?
When you are going to take an image with the Optos instrument a technician will help align you so that you will see a coloured target. Once you are looking at the target and in the proper position, you will see a bright flash and the image will be taken. The image is captured in a matter of seconds.
What are the benefits of Optos imaging?
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Having photo documentation of diseases of the back of the eye allows your Optometrist to document any pathology that is present and track how it is changing over time. Using different filters these images can also show different layers of the back of the eye for earlier detection of eye diseases.