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Optomap Retinal Exam

In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients and the residents of Palo Alto CA. Dr. Dennis Ratinoff and Dr. Manjeet Mann are proud to announce the inclusion of the Optomap Retinal Exam as an integral part of your eye exam.

Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not even notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina. The retina is the part of your eye that catches the image of what you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera.

An optomap Retinal Exam provides:

  • A scan to confirm a healthy eye or, to detect the presence of disease.
  • An overview or map of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view that can’t be achieved by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap images of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
  • A permanent record for your medical file, enabling your Doctor to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.

The optomap Retinal Exam is fast, easy and comfortable.

Please Note: The optomap Retinal Exam may be a “mom-covered service” with your health plan, meaning that you would be responsible for the charges. Your Doctor strongly believes the optomap Retinal Exam is an essential part of your comprehensive eye exam and highly recommends it for all patients once per year. There is a small fee of $39 for the optomap Retinal Exam. For many eyecare patients, having pupils dilated (opened up) using eye drops can be a bother. But as an integral part of a truly comprehensive eye exam, those drops are highly recommended. Dilation gives your eye doctor the widest view of the internal structures at the back of the eye—the optic nerve, retina, even blood vessels.

How does Optomap work?

It’s very similar to sitting down in a type of photo booth and leaning forward to have your picture taken. Except in this instance, the picture being taken is a larger, wide-field image of the inside of your eyeball. Optomap takes around a minute.
Since retina scanning is so important in the early detection of cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and more, it’s pretty easy to see why Optomap technology is so promising.
Optomap retinal exams are not available everywhere, however. And in some instances, these scans may not be covered by traditional insurance due to cuts in eye doctor reimbursements.
Check with your eyecare professional and ask if an Optomap eye exam is right for you.
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