- American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 1 in 2 people will have an eye disease in their lifetime.
- 80% of vision loss is due to Acquired Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Glaucoma.
- >100 Mill in North America are over the age of 50 so it is estimated that 1 in 3 people in North America are at risk for eye disease right now from diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration.
Clearly, Prevention of eye disease by early detection and management is instrumental to preventing blindness.
The doctors of Laguna Eyes Optometry use technology to obtain baseline/wellness images of our patients as well as to detect early disease. With this technology we can interface with our patients in a much more sophisticated way.
Your retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina. Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain. While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy.
The optomap exam is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.
The optomap Retinal Exam
Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but your eye care practioner will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on your conditions. The capture takes less than a second. Images are available immediately for review. You can see your own retina. You see exactly what your eye care practioner sees - even in a 3D animation.
Early signs of disease can be present in the periphery of your retina and remain undetected for a long time when using traditional methods.
The optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time.
Why the Annidis RHA™?
The RHA™ is a non-invasive instrument that uses multi-spectral imaging to take images and measurements at key locations within the layers of your eye for specialized retinal imaging. Multi-spectral imaging is akin to taking a set of specific colour pictures and then processing the various colours to identify chemicals or other features. The instrument enables your eyecare professional to assess your eye health by examining the various layers in the back of your eye.