Most optometrists still only provide a single picture view of the eye, with a two-dimensional image known as a retinal photo.
I continue to invest in the best technology and using my new Optomap equipment from Optos, can provide a panoramic map of the inside of the retina, allowing me to view 82% of the inside of the eye as opposed to only 15% that is available through a retinal photo. There are fewer than 50 of optomaps in use in the whole UK at present, out of over 7,000 Optometry practices.
The retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly and because of this not only can eye conditions be examined but other signs of diseases can be discovered in the retina as well, such as stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions can be picked up quite early through examination of your retina before you notice changes to your vision or feel pain. This is why it is important to have a thorough screening to verify that your eyes are still healthy.
This is included in the price of a private eye examination here. For those who are having an NHS funded examination it is offered as an optional extra of generally £40 which also incorporates the 3D OCT scan.
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