Join Optos in Recognizing World Diabetes Day

Posted on November 14th, 2019 by

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

Posted on October 23rd, 2019 by

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:

Trick-or-treat during the day to ensure proper lighting and to ensure better navigation …
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Optos plc, unveils Silverstone, a Combined Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging Device and UWF-Guided Swept Source OCT for the Ophthalmic Market

Posted on October 12th, 2019 by
Announcing Silverstone

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.

David M. Brown, MD from Retina Consultants of Houston in Houston, TX, remarked, “Silverstone is very exciting.  It’s definitely the …
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Join us in Recognizing World Sight Day 2019, Vision First!

Posted on October 10th, 2019 by

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

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by

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 …
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