Creating a window on your health
This remarkable development in eye examination is revolutionising conventional sight-testing. The new Panoramic 200’C’ Optomap® PLUS imaging system, a unique concept in primary eyecare, is now routinely available at Sheinman Opticians providing the most advanced form of wide-field diagnostic retinal scanning available.
Because of our long association with clinical research and instrument design the optometrists at Sheinman Opticians were selected to be the first eyecare practice in Europe to install the original Optomap® PLUS service in 1999. Since then we have recorded more than 100,000 retinal images providing us with outstanding experience in the field.
Optomaps have enabled us to recognise many eye conditions which may otherwise have not been detected. As a result of our extensive experience we now recommend that Optomap® PLUS should be part of your regular eye examination.
What is Optomap® PLUS...
Developed in Scotland by Optos plc at a cost of more than £30 million,Optomap® is an eye scanning laser ophthalmoscope which records and archives digital images of the interior of the eye for comparison year on year. The ultra-wide images provide an ‘eye map’ or Optomap® PLUS of the retina up to 25 times greater than can be seen with traditional methods using a hand-held ophthalmoscope or even a retinal camera. Retinal photography has long been superceded at Sheinman.
Why was it developed...
The idea was conceived by Douglas Anderson (an industrial designer and CEO of Optos plc) after his five-year-old son lost his sight from an undetected retinal detachment. Anderson was determined to find a way to view the whole of the eye to prevent this type of tragedy happening again and, in addition, greatly reduce the trauma of investigative procedures.
Viewing the back and interior of the eye with a conventional hand-held ophthalmoscope is limited to very small areas approximately 2mm in diameter. By moving the ophthalmoscope beam around it is possible to build up a picture of the rear pole of the eye. Small pupils often make this difficult or the view can be obscured by cataracts.
Why is an Optomap® PLUS Retinal Examination different...
Optomap® PLUS Examination
The majority of the retina is visible in one single image
Only a small part of the retina can be seen at one time
How does it work...
Optomap® PLUS works as if it is a scanning camera placed inside the eye. Using completely safe, low-powered laser beams a global picture of the interior of the eye is captured. This image is called an Optomap® PLUS.
The procedure takes just a few minutes. The patient looks into the eyepiece, one eye at a time and presses a button once a simple target is seen. Without any eye drops to widen the pupil the ‘high-resolution’ images are taken and stored by the main computer. These are instantly relayed to each optometrist’s consulting room for inspection. In this way disorders will be recorded that hitherto were simply out of range of normal ophthalmoscopy and eye exams.