Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Better Eye Healthcare with the Optos Daytona

One of the many complaints and/or questions we get when patients come into our Melrose office is, "Will I need to get my eyes dilated?"

Our new answer for most patients - thanks to our new Optos Daytona Retinal Camera - is "no."

A traditional retinal exam uses eyedrops to dilate the pupil, or black portion of the eye. This helps make the back of the eye more visible  through an ophthalmoscope, that familiar hand-held instrument the doctor holds up to your eye.

The new technology, called the Optos Daytona retinal scanner, uses two lasers of different wavelengths and a mirror to take a scan of the back of the eye, or retina, through the undilated iris. The optometrists can see nearly the whole retina at once, compared with just a small piece of it at a time using traditional methods.

A retinal exam isn't necessary at every visit to the eye doctor, but is recommended as part of a routine eye exam schedule. While dilation helps eye doctors see the retina, it also makes it difficult for patients to see at a close distance for several hours after an exam, and may cause sensitivity to light. Far-sighted patients are affected even further away when an eye doctor dilates their eyes.  Some patients are even allergic to the eye drops.

This new technology allows us to not only see your retinas clearly without the need for eyedrops, we can even save the color images for later study and as part of your eye health records.

This is just another way we can better serve our West Hollywood community from our Melrose office.

Please visit our website and book an appointment to get your eyes examined. 

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