Embrace the benefits of Cutting Edge Technology and Gift yourself Optos UWF!

Dr. Rachael Wruble, OD knew that when she went out on her own to practice that she wanted to bring in Optos ultra-widefield (UWF™) imaging for her patients. Wruble was already familiar with the cutting-edge technology and valued that it could capture 82% of the retina in a single, high-resolution image in less than ½ second. She embraces the concept that the eye is a part of a puzzle and is interconnected with the entire body, providing important information on systemic health, therefore proving her need to invest in a technology that supports a truly comprehensive eye exam.

With the use of optomap in her practice, Wruble explains how she sees subtle pathology and other retinal nuances that she had not seen on patients that she had been examining for years. According to Dr. Wruble, while the ease-of-use of optomap may expedite workflow in her practice, the real value of that rescued time lies in enhancing the comprehensive exam and further educating her patients.

Wruble shares a story of a recent patient who came in for a new glasses prescription. The patient complained of blurry vision but refused dilation because she had received a dilated exam 10 months prior. When she pulled up the optomap images, she immediately noted how swollen the optic nerve appeared in the patient’s left eye. Wruble immediately referred her for an MRI which revealed a tumor around the anterior cerebral artery, requiring the patient to undergo emergency brain surgery. Without the optomap image, the change in her eye might have been missed.

Additionally, Wruble’s practice boasts a high acceptance rate for optomap and her staff is very well versed in explaining to patients the importance of an optomap image for detection, diagnosis, and documentation for both ocular and systemic health. Wruble notes that she is able to provide a better exam experience for those patients that may be typically harder to examine, such as children and the elderly population. “I pride myself on finding pathology but optomap gives me the confidence that I am not missing anything. It is an amazing tool.”

Read Dr. Wruble’s full testimonial here

optomap is the only high resolution, single-capture UWF retinal image. Want to upgrade or add UWF to YOUR practice? Then we encourage you to take advantage of Section 179 tax incentives (US only) to gift yourself and your patients the technological advancements available with optomap. To learn more about our UWF devices please visit our website.

Optimize your Eye Health this Thanksgiving

As we roll into the holiday season, sharing meals with family and friends is at the top of the list for many.  Thanksgiving meals aren’t typically known for their health benefits, however, a few conscious choices could offer up healthy options that benefit both eye and overall health.  All the holiday greens, yellows, reds, and oranges on your Thanksgiving table contain eye-healthy ingredients galore.  This is excellent news for those of us who always end up with eyes bigger than our stomachs this time of the year! We are here to celebrate and share with you some of the most popular Thanksgiving dishes and how they correspond in benefiting your eye health.

Dishes containing food such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cherries, apricots, kale or pumpkin are all rich in the nutrient beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is converted to retinol that is essential for vision.  It is a carotenoid and antioxidant that promotes night vision and overall good eyesight.  Most are familiar with this nutrient in carrots, but in the event you aren’t a carrot lover, there try one of the other options to get your fix.

Spinach, green bean casserole, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts along with other leafy greens are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, both nutrients that help protect the retina as well as reduce the risk of cataracts.  Adding kale, spinach, or romaine lettuce to salads helps your eyes absorb damaging blue light, combats the effects of cigarette smoke and pollution, and also decreases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that affects the macula, the part of your retina responsible for central vision.   You can also find lutein in grapes, kiwis, broccoli, peas, corn, swiss chard, and collard greens. 

Cranberries, contributing to a holiday favorite, cranberry sauce, contain bioflavonoids, which are a large class of antioxidants found in the pulp, skin, and rinds of foods containing vitamin C.  Both flavonoids and vitamin C help protect the eyes from free radical damage which can be caused by outside pollution or the body’s metabolic process.

Last, turkey and lean beef, our favorite for the holidays, do plenty of work to help keep your eyes strong and healthy.  Both of these foods are very high in zinc.  Zinc is a nutrient that is very important to the retina and the choroid (a layer beneath the retina) and is vital to good night vision.  In addition to other nutrients discussed, foods high in zinc can also reduce the risk of cataracts and AMD. 

Additional foods such as fish, fruits and whole grains also prove to boast many eye health benefits. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, reducing the risk of developing glaucoma in addition to dry eye or AMD.  Whole grains can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

Proper nutrition, however, is only a part of the recipe for healthy eyes.  Regular, comprehensive eye exams represent the most important ingredient to preventative eye health.  Many eye diseases can often go undetected and without symptoms.  Early detection and diagnoses can often prevent or at least slow down vision loss.  optomap® can help doctors to detect vision problems earlier, in order to provide optimum treatment.  Visit our website to find a doctor in your area utilizing optomap today.

Join Optos in Recognizing World Diabetes Day

Each year, November 14th is recognized as World Diabetes Day. IDF and the World Health Organization created World Diabetes Day in 2011 in response to escalating health issues surrounding diabetes and diabetic eye diseases.

Diabetic eye disease describes a group of eye conditions that include diabetic retinopathy (DR), glaucoma, diabetic macular edema and cataracts. DR is often reported as the most common form of diabetic eye disease. It is a serious complication of diabetes mellitus (DM), afflicting one third of all people with the disease, and it is the leading cause of blindness among the working population in the world. Over 40% of patients diagnosed with diabetes eventually develop some level of diabetic retinopathy (DR). Regular vision care is an important part of diabetes management.. DR affects the tiny blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eyes. In the less severe form of DR, blood vessels swell and leak small amounts of blood and fluid into the eye. Vision may be unaffected, giving no clue to the presence of disease. Untreated, this mild form of DR can progress leading to macular ischemia, in which capillaries in the macula close and cause blurred vision. More advanced DR causes macular edema, which results in the swelling of the macula leading to the potential of complete vision loss.

Diabetic retinopathy may have no outward signs but can quickly progress to complete vision loss. Doctors will often recommend those with type 1 or 2 diabetes undergo a comprehensive eye exam once a year, or even more often if there are signs of DR.

optomap® imaging has been shown to improve management of diabetes in patients. optomap images capture a 200° view (about 82%) of the retina versus the 75° view provided by 7SF images. Studies have shown that this wider view can uncover evidence of disease that’s outside the narrow view of 7SF images. It can even change how doctors judge the severity of disease.

 Evidence of disease at the periphery of the retina can also be a sign of future problems. One study found that patients with peripheral DR lesions were more than four times more likely to see their DR get worse as compared to patients without lesions.

In cases of diabetic eye diseases and further complications, early detection is key. optomap can help doctors to better monitor and facilitiate decision making reagarding treatment. Visit our website to find a doctor in your area utilizing optomap today.

https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/nehep-pdfs/GM_DED_drop-in%20article_2014.pdf
https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/2019-theme/

The Season of Tricks and Treats, Protect your Eyes this Halloween

The spooooookiest day of the year is upon us!  Halloween is a holiday built for all ages but, particularly children.  While enjoying a holiday encompassed with costumes, trick-or-treating and parties, it is important to also remember eye safety.  Every year there are hundreds of costume-related and other completely avoidable eye injuries are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States.

The AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) has named October Halloween Safety Month, aiming to increase safety precautions surrounding fall activities and Halloween trick or treating. There are several simple steps everyone can take that will help keep Halloween safe, fun and still spooky for all.

The best place to start is with Halloween costume safety. Avoid costume features that either fully or partially block the vision such as masks, eye patches, wigs, floppy hats, or droopy headpieces. Also try to avoid sharp or pointed costume props such as wands, swords and sticks that may harm other children’s eyes. Finally, avoid costumes that are excessive in length and drag on the ground in order to prevent tripping and falling.

Additional Halloween Safety Tips to follow:

  1. Trick-or-treat during the day to ensure proper lighting and to ensure better navigation of the sidewalks.
  2. If you are going trick-or-treating at night, bring a flashlight so paths are clearly lit. Flashlights also make children more visible to drivers.
  3. Ensure that costumes are bright and reflective for increased visibility by drivers.
  4. Young trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by an adult so that they can be assisted. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups to ensure safety.
  5. Be careful when using decorative contact lenses. Contact lenses are medical devices and can cause vision loss if not used safely. If you are going to use such lenses, ensure that your optometrist fits and evaluates the contacts for you.
  6. Obey all traffic laws, whether driving or walking.
  7. Do not allow children to use bikes, skateboards, scooters or rollerblades when they are wearing their costumes.
  8. Use makeup with care. Be sure to use hypoallergenic makeup and avoid the eyes. Have wipes handy to clean your child’s face should it begin to melt or run down their face during the course of the evening. If using false eyelashes be sure to follow the instructions.

It’s important to stay safe during Halloween, but things can, and do happen. So, if you think you, your child, or someone you know has reacted badly to their eye-makeup or accidentally poked themselves in the eye, see your family eye doctor as soon as possible.

Optos would like to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween. To protect your vision, make sure you and your family receive an annual retinal exam that includes optomap®.

https://www.preventblindness.org/halloween-safety-tips

https://yoursightmatters.com/halloween-costumes-and-eye-safety/

Optos plc, unveils Silverstone, a Combined Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging Device and UWF-Guided Swept Source OCT for the Ophthalmic Market

12 October 2019

Optos plc, the leading medical retinal imaging company, part of Nikon Corporation, is pleased to announce the launch of Silverstone at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA.

Silverstone is the first of its kind, combining world-leading ultra-widefield retinal imaging with integrated, image-guided, swept source OCT.  Silverstone produces a 200° single capture optomap® image with guided OCT allowing advanced OCT imaging anywhere across the retina, from posterior pole to far periphery.  This provides unparalleled UWF guided multimodal imaging in support of detection, investigation and monitoring of retinal disease.

Silverstone provides greater imaging functionality and expands the Company’s product portfolio for ophthalmic markets.  It combines colour, autofluorescence (AF), fluorescein (FA) and Indocyanine Green (ICG) angiography with Swept Source OCT imaging capabilities.  A comprehensive exam that includes an ultra-widefield optomap® image has been shown in clinical studies to enhance pathology detection and disease management, as well as to improve clinic flow.  Now by integrating swept source OCT, Silverstone further facilitates examination of the retina from vitreous through the choroidal-scleral interface and helps guide treatment decisions.

Silverstone SS OCT

David M. Brown, MD from Retina Consultants of Houston in Houston, TX, remarked, “Silverstone is very exciting.  It’s definitely the best device we’ve seen for choroidal imaging, and the UWF-guided OCT makes it easy to scan lesions even in the far periphery.”

Robert Kennedy, CEO of Optos, commented:  I am delighted to introduce Silverstone, our newest offering for the ophthalmic market. The integration of UWF guided swept source OCT with optomap gives eye care professionals unprecedented capability to manage retinal disease.  For the first time, doctors can capture OCT scans of peripheral lesions something not readily achievable with traditional OCTs.  We are extremely excited to introduce this comprehensive solution for patient imaging to our customers.

Further product details are available at www.optosnextgen.com.

Enquiries:

Leslie Amodei, VP, Global Marketing Tel: 508-787-1414