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.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, affecting most commonly, people over the age of 60 with increasing chances as you age, if you are overweight or if you have a family history of AMD.
As we approach our golden years, we are at a higher risk for particular eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, as well as eye conditions such as dry eye and low vision. More than 40 million Americans are currently 65 years or older, this number is expected to grow to more than 88 million by 2050 and not coincidentally, the number of Americans with age-related eye diseases is expected to double. Early detection and treatment are key to saving sight.
For some, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. The loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.
As we continue to recognize August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety month, it’s important to understand the importance of eye exams, and the utilization of the highest-level technology in pediatric screening. Optos ultra-widefield (UWF™) imaging technology is making great strides in diagnosing and treating eye problems in children and infants. Due to the cutting-edge modalities and ease-of-operation with an optomap® exam, signs of retinal disease can be found in the periphery, often before children and infants become symptomatic. Many vision problems begin at an early age, so it’s important for children to receive proper eye care. optomap was founded by Douglas Anderson after his then five-year-old son Leif went blind in one eye when a retinal detachment was detected too late. Although his son was having regular eye exams, routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the doctor to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina. He set out to create a way of non-invasively capturing as much of the retina as possible.in a single capture. Results from several published clinical studies suggest that optomap is an essential element to the screening and management of pediatric patients. While traditional fundus imaging is a multi-stage effort …
With school starting up again, and lists including everything from the essential newest styles to school supplies – one item to make sure is on the list is your child’s comprehensive eye exam. While we may notice subtle changes in appearance as our children grow and develop, there are many changes also occurring within the eye that are unseen. This marks the importance of annual eye exams that will assist in monitoring the development of your child’s vision as they grow. Routine vision screening or eye examination at an early age is very important to detect risk factors, such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, and color blindness that can potentially cause irreversible loss of vision or blindness. A majority of vision impairment issues go undetected since young children with impaired vision are often unaware of their vision issues—it is, after all, how they’ve always seen things. It is on us as parents and educators to look for signs of visual impairment.
Although schools generally do some basic testing of children’s vision, there is no doctor to perform a comprehensive exam or diagnose problems with your child’s eyesight. According to experts, nearly 90 percent of what is taught in school is …
As the summer heats up many of us are eager to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the activities that go along with it. While continued awareness of the importance of UV protective clothing and sunscreen exists, there is a lack of emphasis on the impacts the sun and UV exposure has on the eyes. UV damage to the eyes is known as the “invisible threat” and its impacts are measured and classified by the strength of the UV ray in nanometers (nm).
UVC: These rays are below 280 nm. The upper atmosphere absorbs these, so they do not reach us, therefore protection from these rays is not overly necessary.
UVB: These are between 315 – 380 nm. These manage to make it to the earth’s surface and are notorious for damaging sight. They can cause snow blindness but are notably responsible for sunburn and several types of skin cancer. Research has shown that these rays are strongest during the summer and at higher altitudes.