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If you're like most of the people who make a point of getting regular comprehensive eye exams, the pupil dilation that precedes a retinal evaluation is your least favorite part of the process. But there's no getting around the fact that viewing the inside of the eye is critical for catching serious eye diseases early. That's why our optometrist, Dr. Day, wants you to know about an easy, dilation-free alternative to traditional methods -- the Optos retinal imaging technology we offer here at The Eye Institute of Wyoming, P.C.
Every comprehensive eye exam should include a detailed evaluation of the retina and other interior structures of the eye. By viewing these structures as carefully as possible, our optometrist can detect even the smallest signs of a potentially serious problem, from optic nerve damage to retinal abnormalities that may indicate macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or ocular tumors. The importance of this step becomes particularly clear when you consider that some causes of permanent vision loss and blindness may cause destruction for years without giving you any warning that they're even there.
The traditional method for viewing the retina requires dilation of the pupils, which creates a wide enough opening for most of the retina to be examined. Unfortunately, pupil dilation tends to cause blurred vision and extreme light sensitivity for hours afterward; certain individuals may be even be allergic to the dilating eye drops. This may lead people to refuse pupil dilation, making a comprehensive eye exam much less effective at diagnosing retinal diseases.
Optos retinal imaging sweeps away those objections and inconveniences. Our digital system requires no dilation and produces no unpleasant effects whatsoever. All you have to do is place one eye and then the other in front of a laser scanner. The scan takes a fraction of a second and produces a detailed, full-color image of the inside of your eye, including the outstanding majority of the retina. Better yet, because the image has been digitally captured, we can discuss our findings with you and store the image in your medical records for easy future reference. Optos isn't the ideal for every situation; for instance, LASIK pre-operative evaluations still require the traditional dilation method. But for many patients who prefer a more convenient form of retinal examination, it's a tremendously useful and welcome option.
While your thoughts are turned to the vital importance of retinal imaging as a means of protecting and preserving your vision for life, there's no better time to call The Eye Institute of Wyoming, P.C. at (307) 235-5384 to schedule your next comprehensive eye exam. We'll be happy to tell you more about our Optos retinal imaging system -- and even more happy to let you experience this remarkable technology for yourself!
New patients receive 15% OFF first visit.
*Cannot be combined with health or vision insurance
Great office visit, very good with the young kids for their first appointment as well."