Optomap Retinal Examination

Optomap Retinal Examination

We have two forms of retinal photgraphy at Pinnington Opticians, the standard type that some other opticians also offer and also the Optomap retinal examination which is able to achieve a wider view further toward the more peripheral part of the retina.


The Optomap produces an extensive image of your retina - the back of your eye - which helps us to detect early signs of any medical problems. The procedure is quick, simple and nothing touches your eye at any time.  Scroll down to find a short video explaining the benefits of the optomapĀ® widefield retinal image compared to conventional retinal images.


A routine eye examination should always include a careful look at the retina. The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases and injury which, if treated at an early stage can often be treated successfully.


 Previously, retinal examinations were carried out only using an ophthalmoscope, which views the centre of the retina. If further examination of the area outside the centre was required the pupil in your eye needed to be dilated using drops. This can be a time-consuming, uncomfortable and inconvenient examination. After dilation many patients experience sensitivity to light, and sometimes blurred vision, making it difficult to resume normal activities for some time.

image of a healthy retina using Optomap retinal photography

The technology of the Optomap retinal examination  permits an extensive view of your retina and it does it without pupil dilation. This significant advance in eye care is something we recommend to all of our patients to make Optomap a part of their regular eye examination.


For more information on Optomap or any other topic please contact either of our practices by telephone or e-mail. Altenatively you are most welcome to call in. You can also visit the Optomap web site.

The Optomap widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures up to 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show as little as 15% of your retina at one time.  The unique optomap widefield view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.