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At Lock Family Eye Care, our West Des Moines eye doctor uses Optomap technology to take an in-depth look at your eye. The Optomap retinal imaging technique allows us to take a close look at the structure of the retina, which helps us keep you healthy by finding treatable eye conditions early.
Optomap Retinal Imaging Explained
Optomap retinal imaging lets us see your retina in depth without dilating your eyes. With the Optomap imaging, we can view an ultra-wide digital image that shows more than 80 percent of your retina. Since we can see so much of your retina, compared with dilation of the eye, our optometrist can tell whether you have any eye conditions or eye health issues that must be addressed while performing the eye exam in West Des Moines.
When we can catch eye problems early, we can provide treatment quickly and effectively. With vision problems as with medical diseases, early detection means that treatment protects your health and also costs less. Thus, if we notice glaucoma developing in our eye exam, we can treat it quickly to stave off further vision loss. As a result of early detection, you can maintain more of your vision. If you instead saw an eye doctor who did not use Optomap, he or she might not detect glaucoma until later, when the eye disease had already robbed you of your sight.
Conditions Detected With Optomap Retinal Imaging
An optometrist can detect many conditions using Optomap technology, including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, retinal tears, macular degeneration, and eye tumors. We can also tell any medical conditions with vision symptoms, like hypertension or diabetes.
Benefits of Optomap Retinal Imaging
We use Optomap because the technology provides us with an in-depth view of your retina and improves our ability to detect eye disease in its early stages. Our patients enjoy Optomap because there is no stinging in the eyes, light sensitivity or blur, as there would be if we dilated your eyes. Many of our patients also like the opportunity to see their retinas.
Optomap is easy for our eye doctors and for you. We are able to keep your head in a comfortable position and complete the actual scan of the retina in less than one second. Compared with dilation of the eyes, which many patients find uncomfortable, Optomap imaging is a big improvement. The images become part of your medical record. Thus, we can refer to past results to compare your vision health and track the progression of eye diseases.
We are excited that we can invest in the latest technologies, like Optomap, to provide you with superior eye care in the greater West Des Moines area.
If you haven't had an eye exam in West Des Moines using Optomap, you can enjoy this at your next visit to our optometry clinic serving Waukee, Johnston, and Urbandale. Reserve your appointment on our website or by calling our West Des Moines eye doctor today!
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy # 12190 West Des Moines, IA 50266
*M-F, we take the last appointment at 5:40pm