For Your Eyes Only

8 11 2013

Ever seen the spy type movies where the government agent puts his eye up against a camera and a laser seems to scan across his eye like a grocery store bar code scanner?  It is for real.  They scan the retina to identify people since the retina in everyone’s eyes is unique, like a fingerprint.  No one looks just the same.  Well, we can do the same thing in our office!  Yes, we can identify you if you are a secret agent!   Just kidding.

However, we can identify various eye diseases and tumors or signs of underlying medical disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or blood disorders when they affect the blood vessels in the eye and leak.

When you look into the Optomap instrument, a digital camera system captures an image of the back of your eye with the help of a mirror and two different colored laser lights.  It is painless and is quicker than you can blink your eye.

An Optomap retinal exam provides:
• A scan to confirm a healthy eye or, to detect the  presence of disease.

• An overview or map of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than can be achieved by other means.

• The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap images of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.

• A permanent record for your medical file, enabling your doctor to make important comparisons if  potential  problems show themselves at a future examination.

This is an example of the difference between looking inside with just a small pupil versus looking at the retina with an Optomap image.  As you can see, it provides a much better overall picture at one time of the state of the retina.  Much like a satelite picture is good for a broad perspective.  Then if something is noted, we can isolate in on a specific area with higher magnification at the microscope.

It does not replace the need for dilation, it only assists in the total examination of the eye to ensure everything is healthy.

The Optomap Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable.  It does not cost very much and I recommend it highly at every visit for everyone, especially young kids.

Come in for a comprehensive eye exam and have your retina mapped.  It’s our mission, not impossible,  to save your vision!

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 23 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Visit our website for more information.  Like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source  and you can also connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas

Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”




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