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Utra-Widefield Retinal Imaging

by | 12 May 2022 | Eye Health, Eye Technology, News

We use an Optos Daytona ultra-widefield (UWF) retinal imaging machine to capture a high-resolution image of more than 82% or 200˚ of the retina in a single capture, without physical contact and in less than ½ second.

UWF imaging enables our Optometrists to discover, diagnose, document and treat ocular conditions that may first present in the periphery – conditions which may go undetected using traditional examination techniques and equipment.

This fast, easy, patient-friendly, ultra-widefield imaging technology was designed for healthy eye screening. In other words, it’s main function is to detect eye conditions in eyes that otherwise seem normal. The retina, macula, blood vessels and optic nerve are all visible to a higher level of detail than achievable via traditional clincial techniques.

Ultra-widefield retinal imaging enhances early detection and management of eye conditions such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal holes, retinal tears and age-related macular degeneration. It can also reveal clinical evidence of non-eye conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and melanoma. 

How does UWF retinal imaging work?

Also known as an Optomap, UWF retinal imaging is essentially a photograph of the retina (the back) of your eye.  It is completely painless and takes less than 0.4 seconds to capture an image, without any contact.  Comparison of stored images over time will detect the smallest of changes.

How will you benefit from UWF imaging?

UWF retinal imaging is an important tool for the screening and diagnosis of eye conditions, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal holes, retinal tears and age-related macular degeneration. It can also reveal clinical evidence of non-eye conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers (e.g. melanoma). 

It also provides a highly specific and individual eye health record for future reference and comparison over time.

Which eyes should be imaged?

We recommend UWF retinal imaging be part of every regular adult eye health examination. Considering the patient benefits, we think it is well worth it. Unfortunately, Medicare does not rebate towards fundus imaging.

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