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

Join us in Recognizing World Sight Day 2019, Vision First!

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October each year.  WSD aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.  The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) members work together to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment, influence governments to participate and designate funds for national blindness prevention funds, and to educate target audiences about blindness prevention.  World Sight Day 2019 takes place on October 10th. This year’s theme and call to action is “Vision First!”.  

Of all the people suffering from blindness or poor vision, more than a billion people suffer because they do not have access to proper eye care.  This year’s mission urges everyone to find solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to proper eye care.

Continued studies conducted by the IAPB have concluded that 80% of eyes can be saved from blindness, given the proper comprehensive care and diagnosis. Additional facts from these studies include

  • 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
  • About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings.
  • 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.
  • An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. Of these, 12 million children are visually impaired due to a condition that could be easily diagnosed and corrected.
  • The global economic cost of lost work productivity due to people with poor vision has been estimated at 700 billion dollars a year.
  • 6 out of 10 people in the developed world wear glasses, contact lenses, or have had corrective eye surgery.  6 out of 10 people in the developing world are also vision impaired but have little or no access to eye care or eyeglasses.

As ambassadors of eye health, Optos would like to encourage you, eye care practitioners to participate in World Sight Day by reminding their patients to maintain a regular schedule for comprehensive eye exams including optomap®.  optomap is the only ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal image that can capture vortex ampullae in all four quadrants in a single-capture UWF image in less than ½ second.

With the ability to view up to 200 degrees of the retina eye care professionals may be able to diagnose eye pathologies earlier than with other imaging systems, contributing to greater success in preventable vision loss and blindness. View our ultra-widefield imaging devices and contact us to learn how we can help your practice.

Single-capture, Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging Is More Efficient – By Definition

Results from a recent publication call for the use of consistent nomenclature when describing the field of view captured by retinal images. The International Widefield Imaging Study Group has proposed the need for consistent nomenclature for widefield and ultra-widefield imaging based on normal anatomic landmarks. When describing the area captured by an imaging modality, it is important to be consistent in meaning so the capabilities of the technology are clear to the reader.

The panel defines ultra-widefield as images showing retinal anatomy anterior to the vortex vein ampullae in all four quadrants.  Widefield is defined as an image centered on the fovea and includes the retina in all four quadrants posterior to and including the vortex vein ampullae. The panel recommends this standardized nomenclature for use in future publications1.

Over the last decade, many large studies have underlined the importance of appropriately imaging the periphery to support the detection and management of disease in a variety of areas including telemedicine screening2,3,4, diabetic retinopathy5,6, age-related maculardegeneration7, vascular disease8, pediatric retinal disease9, inflammatory disease10,11,12 and even some systemic diseases.  Consistently, optomap imaging has been demonstrated to capture the widest field of view in a single capture of any imaging technology14,15,16,17.

“A single capture image which provides a view of the vortex veins in all four quadrants and beyond, thus meeting the widefield & ultra-widefield definitions, would offer enhanced efficiency in a real-world clinical setting versus a montage image, whether it be manual or automated.”   
— Netan Choudhry M.D. FRCS(C) DABO

Ultra-widefield by definition
optomap color and fa images demonstrating four (4) vortex ampullae which define the boundary between widefield and ultra-widefield.

Based on the panel’s findings, a single capture ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal image, or an image with “no sweeps” can therefore provide enhanced efficiencies for practices and other clinical settings. As the ONLY single-capture UWF image to meet this definition, optomap, is the best choice for increasing efficiencies in your practice or other clinical settings.

Increase your practice efficiency and increase your revenue with optomap. No Sweeps = Increased Efficiency.

Read the full summary here: https://optos.is/NoSweepsUWF and then contact us to find out how to put optomap into your clinical setting.

Make Vision Expo West More “Efficient” with Optos

As the leaders in ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging technology, Optos would like to invite you to join us at the International Vision Expo West (VEW) September 18-21 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Explore what’s new at Optos by pre-scheduling your demonstration or stop by booth #MS6051 during the event.

This year Optos is a sponsor of the “Battle at the Sands: Imaging Track” competition where industry leaders, such as Dr. Mo Rafieetary, will present complex patient studies where imaging played a key role in diagnosis and treatment (and compete for bragging rights). After the winner is crowned, please join us at the workshop Wednesday, September 18th from 5-7pm in room 505 at the Sands Convention Center. Seats are limited.

Optos will also be participating in the OCT workshop, and demonstrating the functionality of our Monaco device — the only clinically-validated, 200-degree UWF retinal imaging device with integrated OCT.  Monaco produces a 200-degree, single-capture optomap image in less than ½ second and also provides cross-sectional, 40-degree OCT views of retinal structures. Join us Thursday the 19th from 12:30-2:30pm and Friday the 20th from 12:15-2:15 in room 505 to explore the benefits of Optos UWF and OCT. 

Ultra-widefield with No Sweeps?  Yes, with optomap it can be done. optomap is the only ultra-widefield retinal image that can captures vortex ampullae in all four quadrants in a single-capture UWF image in less than ½ second.  Find us throughout the show at booth #MS6051 to find out how our no sweeps imaging can potentially make your practice more efficient. For more information regarding our offerings at VEW, or if you have any questions about our UWF retinal imaging please call 800-854-3039 or email us!