Doctor Discovers His Own Pathology with Proven UWF Technology

When Vince Young, OD introduced the Daytona from Optos in his practice, he volunteered to be the imaging guinea pig while his staff was being trained on the device.  He was unnerved when he reviewed his images with the trainer and somewhat uncertain about what he was actually seeing.  He knew what a posterior subcapsular cataract (PSC) looked like through the slit lamp but was surprised by what the optomap image laid evident.  While optomap is known for being able to penetrate through medial opacities far better than white light modalities, a PSC, which tends to be denser than other types of cataract, will cast a shadow on the retina revealing the issue. A concerned Dr. Young sent the image to his wife, Lindsey Brewer Young, OD.  When she reviewed the image on her phone she immediately responded, questioning whose eye she was regarding.  Learning it was her husband’s image she returned to the clinic, conducted a dilated exam, and confirmed that it was indeed a PSC that had been revealed in the optomap image.

Doctor discovers his own pathology with optomap

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Young, who is 40, had no reason to suspect he would have cataracts which are more typically associated with the elderly population.  A subcapsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens and can be caused by a variety of circumstances such as systemic issues and some forms of medication. Posterior subscapsular cataracts are also more difficult to remove, due to adhesion of the cataract to the lens capsule, and there is an increased risk of capsule rupture during removal.1   However, Young’s cataract surgery on both eyes was successful and his vision is fine.

This discovery has become an excellent tool in communicating the importance of optomap to his patients.  The image hangs in the exam room while Young and his staff frequently share the story. “If the doctor didn’t know he had a cataract, how would anyone else know?” they say, underscoring how valuable the screening can be.  This unusual story has assisted with the elevated level of acceptance the optomap receives in the office.

Blanchard Eye Care sits in a quiet community outside Blanchard, OK and Young was concerned that he would have difficulty getting people in the rural community to embrace the technology.  He, however, was convinced that if he at least broke even it would be worth the investment based on the clinical value.  “Before purchasing the Daytona, I asked several of my colleagues about their experiences and they referred to it as a ‘no—brainer’,” says Young. He stresses that while the technology has without a doubt brought a financial bonus, the value of what it provides clinically far outweighs the monetary gain.

Young stresses how the exam experience has changed with optomap in an extremely valuable way when it comes to patient education.  The optomap image enables him to help his patients understand exactly what is occurring in their eye, or even just to provide reassurance that all is well.  “Even if there is no pathology, patients want me to take the images every year. They want to see what I see.”

Young happens to be color blind and further identifies another contribution that optomap brings to him, personally.  Because of this, a slit lamp view can sometimes make it difficult for him to distinguish between a hematoma and a nevus.  “However, the optomap image allows me to look at the different channels, and these features really jump out on some of the layers.  I’m much more positive about my diagnoses now.”

Dr. Young’s story demonstrates that it is not only possible for practitioners to image themselves and discover retinal pathology but also discover if significant opacities reside in the media as well.

Today, cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. And as the US population ages, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020.2  optomap technology is being increasingly utilized in cataract surgery clinics for immediate views of the retina.  The ultra-widefield view is obtained through problematic, medial opacities, where white light has difficulty, revealing any retinal issues that might be a concern prior to surgery, as well as, following surgery. The ability to quickly and easily observe and document retinal health before and after cataract surgery provides both the patient and practitioner a tremendous peace of mind.

optomap, helping doctors identify pathology, even on themselves. Let us know if you are ready to bring optomap to your practice or clinic.

1http://optometrytimes.modernmedicine.com/optometrytimes/content/tags/cataract/types-cataracts-and-their-underlying-conditions?page=full

2 http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts.htm

 

Customer Testimonial: Safety Harbor Optical

An Optos device user since 2011, Dr. Shawn Hollander decided to purchase a Daytona, on the advice of a colleague. Dr. Hollander feels that the rental model suits his practice best, “Optos makes it attractive with the device and service all rolled into one price.” In addition, he is very happy with the more than 90 percent patient acceptance rate for optomap®, adding to his bottom line. Even offering a family discount (and the occasional no-cost image to illustrate to patients how important it is to his clinical decision making), his revenue from patient optomap images is more than double his monthly cost.

Source: Safety Harbor Optical

Source: Safety Harbor Optical

 

Dr. Hollander’s diabetic patients are also sharing their optomap images with their endocrinologists for more complete disease management and he often consults with retinal specialists. “The Daytona is like another employee in the form of equipment. It’s always there, and it’s always reliable.”

 

Practice Information:

 

Reason for Purchase:

  • optomap image quality

  • — Patient education

  • — Disease management

  • — Revenue generation

  • — Higher quality of care

 

For more information on what Optos and optomap can do for your practice, contact us today.

 

Customer Spotlight: Esplin Eye Center

According to Dr. Esplin, Daytona has had an immediate and improved impact on patient flow, data, and profitability. Dr. Esplin has said that the Daytona provides better clinical information and patient care and is easy to use without interrupting office flow. From a financial standpoint, in his first month, Dr. Esplin covered nearly triple the monthly cost of the Daytona, and that was before he and his staff refined their messaging and approach.

 

When it comes to patient care, Ophthalmologists that Dr. Esplin has referred his patients to have reported back that his optomap findings could be missed and that they are impressed with the technology.

Dr. David Esplin

Dr. David Esplin

 

Dr. Esplin has noticed a new level of enthusiasm from his staff when using the Daytona to image patients. It’s more than just an extra fee to them, the images provide the doctor with valuable clinical data for quality patient care.

Dr. Esplin runs a two-doctor private practice in Spanish Fork, UT.

 

 

Charles Mayron, MD discusses the Benefits of Using optomap

As a vitreo-retinal specialist, Dr. Charles Mayron, MD previously relied heavily on OCT technology for diagnosis purposes in his patients. After using the 200Tx from Optos, he discovered many benefits to the ultra-widefield retinal imaging device.

 

retinal scan

 

One of the main points Dr. Mayron brings up about an optomap eye exam is the 200 degree view of the retina that he would have typically only seen in the operating room. Being able to have such a wide view in his office allows him to see possible causes for patients that are not responding well to standard treatments for pathology of the eye. He states he is able to see other issues that are contributing to the lack of success with conventional treatment for some of his patients.

 

Accountability is another area that optomap helps Dr. Mayron in his practice. With a heavy patient load, the 200Tx allows for a more thorough exam over previous technology, with an expediency and patient comfort level that was not possible before. This allows for accurate diagnoses and monitoring since the images captured provide excellent detail of the periphery as well as the fundus.

 

Finally, Dr. Mayron points out the confidence Optos’ technology inspires in his patients. The investment in the latest technology shows patients that he is current and using the best possible tools to help care for their eyes. Using the software that comes with the ultra-widefield imaging device allows him to show the patient what is happening with their disease and helps them feel more in control of what is going on. Watch the video of his testimonial for more important details shared by Dr. Mayron about optomap eye exams.

 

Optos aims to be the retina company. For more information on how partnering with us can benefit your patients and your practice, view our product line or contact us.

 

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