We also offer an Optomap retinal exam. This procedure is quick and painless. It captures more than 80% of your retina in one digital panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-12% of your retina at one time. Getting an optomap image 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. Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but your eye care practitioner will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on your conditions. The capture takes less than a second.
The benefits of having an optomap ultra-wide field retinal image taken are:
– optomap facilitates early protection from vision impairment or blindness
– Early detection of life-threatening diseases like cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease
– A baseline set of images compared with later images can show subtle changes. A picture is much more complete than a verbal description.
The unique optomap ultra-wide field view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams
Early detection means successful treatments can be administered and reduces the risk to your sight and health.
Are you taking your retinal health for granted?
The Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends a yearly eye exam for people of all ages. Children can be tested as early as 6 months and should definitely have an eye exam before starting school. Regular eye exams are necessary in order to diagnose vision and ocular health conditions in a timely manner, and to aid in prevention of these conditions.Alberta Health Care covers eye examinations for children, up to the age of 19 once a year and seniors, 65 and over once a year. Emergency services are often covered by Alberta Health Care for any age group.
Saskatchewan Health Care covers yearly eye examinations for children up to the age of 18.
Diabetes is a disease that is caused by high levels of sugar in the blood. Diabetes wreaks havoc with the circulatory system potentially causing multiple problems. Those problems can include bleeding inside the eye. Significant bleeding inside the eyes may occur without the affected person noticing a problem. The health care system recognizes this risk and provides for increased coverage for eye examinations for diabetic patients. If you are diabetic, you should have a complete eye examination at least once a year. Some uncontrolled diabetics may need to be seen more often. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy helps to prevent severe consequences. We are happy to work alongside your medical doctor to manage you diabetic health.
Saskatchewan Health covers diabetics of any age once a year for regular eye health examination and a retinal examination. In Alberta, the provincial health care system will cover a dilated fundus exam yearly for diabetic patients.