The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has now launched its long-awaited scientific journal focusing exclusively on the retina subspecialty of ophthalmology, Ophthalmology® Retina.
The first new scientific journal from the AAO in more than a century, Ophthalmology Retina is the AAO’s response to the rapid growth of high-quality research in retina-related eye diseases and conditions. The journal creates a channel through which researchers can publish retina studies results sooner and reach a greater number of retina specialists than ever before. And the publication chose to feature ultra-widefield retinal imaging (UWF™) from Optos, on it’s cover. Ophthalmology Retina is a subspecialty companion to its parent journal, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, one of the world’s most widely read medical publications.
Ophthalmology Retina is on track to become the preferred journal for research in this subspecialty. “There is a tremendous surplus of high-quality retina manuscripts that deserve exposure,” said David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Ophthalmology Retina will provide a premier outlet for this work. It will allow the Academy to better serve the scientific and ophthalmic communities by providing what we fully expect will be a very high-impact factor journal that builds upon the stature of the Academy’s …
Those beautiful lashes and bright eyes may have aesthetic appeal, but lashes and eyelids may obscure areas of interest within an optomap® image. Fortunately, patient lid and lash taping techniques can help eyecare professionals obtain unobstructed images for more effective analysis of their ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal images.
Eyecare professionals use retinal imaging to identify and diagnose ocular and systemic diseases. Indicators of systemic disease and precursors to various eye conditions often develop first on the periphery of the retina. Current retinal examination methods provide a small field of view, thereby missing potentially important indicators. As the field of view becomes greater with optomap, artifacts such as lid and lash are captured in the image.
Lid and lash taping reduces artifacts to provide an unobstructed view of the entire retina, from the pole to the periphery. Lid and lash taping is not painful, but patients sometimes balk at the suggestion. Patient education about lid and lash taping helps alleviate concerns. Implementing a precise procedure for lid and lash taping, and performing retinal imaging immediately after taping, improves patient comfort.
Reducing Lashes in Images
Ultra-widefield (UWF™) optomap® technology sets a new standard for early detection and diagnosis by providing a wider view of the retina coupled with superior imaging capabilities.
“If you are not looking at the peripheral retina, you don’t have the whole picture, and you are not able to adequately assess risk. This is why we need to look at everybody and see what is out there.” Dr Jeffry Gerson
optomap – Illuminating a Wider Landscape
optomap imaging reveals an expansive view of the retinal landscape, exposing issues otherwise left undiscovered and untreated. Increasing utilization of UWF technology is also changing the landscape of ocular health care.
Unlike exploration prompted by patient reports of symptoms or history of retinal problems, optomap imaging captures a high resolution, 200° digital image of the peripheral retina in addition to the central pole in a single dynamic image.
Dr. Jeffry Gerson of Grin Eye Care in Kansas City adopted optomap early and has observed firsthand the evolution of the technology over 13 years. Gerson recognized the value of UWF optomap imaging immediately. Today, he says he cannot imagine practicing without it.
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Ophthalmologist, Dr. Nikolas London and optometrist Dr. Aaron Werner understand the need for eye care professionals to work together for the overall benefit of their patients. Both practice in the San Diego, CA area and both use ultra-widefield retinal imaging (UWF™) devices from Optos in their practices.
Dr. Werner uses Daytona because it provides a fast, yet thorough, screening and assessment of the retina. As part of pre-testing protocol, Daytona gives optometrists important information about the retina at the beginning of the examination, so doctors like Dr. Werner can decide whether to spend additional time evaluating the retina.
Daytona gives Dr. Werner the ability to send the DICOM compatible digital retinal image to retinal specialist Dr. London. If Dr. London feels a condition is urgent, the two eye care professionals can begin formulating a treatment plan even before the patient arrives at Dr. London’s practice.
Dr. London uses a 200Tx™ UWF retinal imaging device, which is larger and slightly older than the desktop Daytona, but this larger device captures 200 degrees of the retina.The 200Tx guides the user through the process of positioning the patient’s head in the chin rest, allowing technicians to easily image patients.