New Study Confirms the Equivalence of optomap to ETDRS Gold Standard for Grading Diabetic Retinopathy
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes and approximately 1.25 million American children and adults had type 1 diabetes. These numbers are on the rise and the disease manifests with deleterious and deadly impact throughout the body – including the eye. An understanding of the disease, early detection and treatment are more imperative than ever.
A recent study cooperatively funded by the National Eye Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases and the US Department of Health and Human Services concluded that optomap ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging is a useful diagnostic tool for detection and assessment of severity of diabetic retinopathy (DR). The study published recently in JAMA Ophthalmology demonstrates that optomap UWF imaging can be used reliably in place of Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) 7-Field imaging in clinical use and future clinical trials. The paper, which builds off recent single site studies that found moderate to perfect agreement between the modalities, supports these findings through data acquired over a two-year period from multiple sites.
optomap Aids Eyecare Professionals in Early Detection, Monitoring and Management of Diabetic Eye Disease
November is recognized as American Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month aims to increase awareness of diabetes and diabetic eye disease and encourage people with diabetes to seek treatment for related vision problems. According to Prevent Blindness America, Diabetes is now the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults, and all people with diabetes are at risk for vision loss and blindness.
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that diabetic persons may face as a complication of this disease including: Diabetic retinopathy – A leading cause of blindness in American adults, it is caused by damage to the small blood vessels of the retina – the seeing layer of the eye. Diabetic macular edema (DME) – A complication of diabetes caused by leaking blood vessels, which leads to fluid accumulation in the macula, the center of the retina used for central vision. DME can cause central vision to become blurry. Cataract – The clouding of the lens in the eye, which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Cataracts can cause vision to become blurry. Glaucoma – Optic nerve damage and possible loss of …
With Halloween upon us, dressing up is all part of the fun for both children and adults. To ensure Halloween is fun and safe for all, it is important to take proper precautions for safety. Each year, the US hospital emergency rooms treat several hundred eye injuries related to Halloween costumes and masks. Additionally, it is often very easy for children to be less visible to drivers during evening hours. Prevent Blindness® has provided some helpful safety times to keep in mind this Halloween:
Costumes and Safety
-Avoid costumes with masks, wigs, floppy hats or eye patches that block vision. -Tie hats and scarves securely so they don’t slip over children’s eyes. -Avoid costumes that drag on the ground to prevent tripping or falling -Avoid pointed props such as spears, swords or wands that may harm other children’s eyes. -Wear bright, reflective clothing or decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape/patches. -Carry a bright flashlight to improve visibility. -Do not ride a bike/scooter/skateboard or roller blade while wearing a costume. -Obey all traffic signals—pedestrian and driver. -Younger children should go with an adult while trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups. -Use common sense. Never dart out …
Optos Introduces Monaco – The only clinically-validated, ultra-widefield retinal image with integrated OCT
In 2000, Optos delivered the first and only retinal imaging device that could capture beyond the vortex vessels of the retina. The ability to clearly image that much of the retina—in one capture, and in less than ½ second—significantly influenced the way eye care professionals examined their patients’ eyes. The core technology is based on a scanning laser ophthalmoscope and a unique ellipsoid mirror that create a virtual focal point inside the eye to enable the single capture of the central retina and periphery. For color images, green and red lasers are engaged simultaneously to allow visualization of retinal substructures from the sensory retina and retinal pigment epithelium to the choroid.
Over the years, Optos has continued to develop its hardware and software platforms – most recently delivering Monaco, the newest device providing new ways to enhance clinical exams. It is the only ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging device with integrated OCT. Monaco produces a 200° single-capture optomap image in less than ½ second and also provides cross-sectional 40° OCT views of retinal structures. Monaco enables a rapid multi-modality capture featuring color, autofluorescence and OCT scans, for both eyes, in as little as two minutes. UWF with integrated OCT saves time, …
Find out what’s new from 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 26-29 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 show.
Optos Announces Global Availability of Monaco — The Only Clinically-Validated, 200-Degree UWF Retinal Image with Integrated OCT
Optos has continued to develop hardware and software platforms— most recently delivering Monaco, the latest device which offers new ways to enhance clinical exams. It is the only 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. Monaco enables a rapid multi-modality capture featuring color, autofluorescence and OCT scans for both eyes in as little as two minutes. UWF with integrated OCT saves time, space and minimizes patient movement. The optomap images and OCT scans are correlated to facilitate pathology examination. Color, AF and OCT images are shown in a single, comprehensive view on a single device. The introduction of Monaco further differentiates our products with continued ease of use and speed of capture. OCT scans available with the …