The leaders in ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging technology, Optos, invite you to join us at Vision Expo East (VEE) March 15–18 in NYC.
Find out what’s new at Optos by pre-scheduling your demonstration or stop by our booth. Learn about our devices, software and imaging modalities that can help you diagnose and treat more ocular and systemic disease. Throughout the show, Optos will be at booth MS4849. Be our guest in the exhibit hall at VEE 2018 by clicking this link to receive your complimentary pass.
Getting in early? Join us, Thursday, March 15th at the Lambs Club at 6:30 pm for our Clinical Insights on AMD panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Jeff Gerson, FAAO.
Key topics include: • The epidemiology of AMD and the global burden of the disease • Combining traditional retinal exam methods with new technologies to facilitate early AMD detection • How to customize treatment plans for patients with exudative and non-exudative AMD • Implementing evidence-based nutritional management when appropriate • The roles of macular pigment optical density testing, OCT, and dark adaptometry in building a retina/AMD practice
As an eyecare professional, providing comprehensive exams is tantamount to patient care. By adding tools, such as ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging with multiple modalities, the ability to detect pathology, which may be missed with single-image modality and/or conventional narrow-field fundus photography, is a game changer.
UWF retinal imaging is performed by a specially designed scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) that generates a high-resolution digital image covering 200 degrees (or about 82 percent) of the retina, in a single capture. By comparison, conventional 7 standard field (7SF) ETDRS and fundus camera photographs produce a relatively narrow view (75 degrees or less) of the retina. The SLO simultaneously scans the retina using two low-power lasers (red – 633 nm and green – 532 nm) that enable high-resolution, color imaging of retinal substructures. The resulting UWF digital image – optomap or optomap af – UWF retinal imaging utilizing fundus autofluorescence (FAF), is produced.
What is Fundus Autofluorescence?
FAF, is an imaging modality used to provide information on the health and function of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Over time, the retinal photoreceptors naturally age and produce a metabolic waste known as lipofuscin. Lipofuscin is the fatty substance found in the retinal pigment epithelium. Excessive amounts can …
A recent study (Friberg, Ophthalmology Retina) evaluated morphologic and angiographic changes in the peripheral retina associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging. The purpose was to illuminate the potential value of using UWF optomap® imaging as a potential tool for detecting peripheral changes that could flag the early warning signs and/or progression of AMD.
AMD is a common eye condition that causes damage to the macula, and is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. In some people, 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. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, 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.1
Glaucoma is a degenerative, sight-threatening disease regarded as one of the major causes of blindness, accounting for an estimated 60 million people worldwide. By the year 2020 this number is thought to increase to around 80 million people globally.1
In a recent study2, the potential use of UWF imaging to detect glaucoma, and specifically to evaluate the reproducibility of measures of vertical cup-to-disc ratio (VCDR) using UWF, and the agreement between UWF and standard color digital stereoscopy (CDS), was conducted.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reproducibility and validity of UWF imaging in estimating VCDR measurements.
Observational study 100 eyes from 100 consecutive patients using CDS and UWF Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Aging (NICOLA)
A factor to consider when estimating VCDRs using different ophthalmic techniques is the dimension of the image it produces. 3D v 2D, as well as image color affecting appearance for interpretation of cup depression and elevation and vessel contours. However, previous studies have reported on the value of non-stereo fundus images to evaluate disc cupping reporting no differences in diagnostic performance between monoscopic and stereoscopic images when detecting glaucoma.3,4
Ultra-widefield (UWF™) technology supports and enables practice efficiency for eyecare professionals across all settings1. The integration of optomap® technology as a routine diagnostic and screening tool has shown to improve workflow and increase service capacity within a very short time, according to many eyecare professionals. Its ease of use makes for a smooth implementation process, and clinically, optomap has been found valuable as documented in over 400 peer-reviewed papers. Further, optomap can facilitate timely referrals for clinical opinions, supporting earlier treatment interventions and promoting collaboration between a variety of healthcare professionals and eyecare professionals alike. These all equate to improved patient workflow, clinical accuracy, and timely diagnosis and treatment for patients2.
Practice Efficiency in all Eye Care Settings
In an attempt to improve patient flow in his practice, optometrist David Anderson (Miamisburg Vision Care, Ohio) invested in a Daytona from Optos and, found his expectations exceeded for efficiency and as a diagnostic tool. Dr. Anderson noticed that the addition of the optomap allowed for more proficient patient service, from start to finish. Likewise, ophthalmologist, Scott Segal, MD started using optomap imaging in his practice (Pasadena Eye Associates, Texas) four years ago. Within the first two weeks, it became an integral part of his practice and had positively impacted how he practiced medicine.