While comprehensive eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is also critical to verify that your eyes are healthy. This can result in early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer.
In 1990, a 5 year old named Leif Anderson went blind in one eye due to an undiagnosed retinal detachment. He had been receiving regular eye exams, however, conventional tests available at the time made a thorough examination difficult. Distressed by the lack of adequate diagnostic methods available, Leif’s father, Douglas, designed what’s known as the Optomap retinal exam.
Dr. McQuillan is the first optometrist in Camarillo to offer his patients the Optomap retinal exam. Incorporating the latest in scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) technology, the Optomap provides the ability to view almost the entire retina (200 degrees) without the need for pupil dilation. The Optomap exam is quick, painless, and may not require dilation drops.
To learn more about Optomap or to schedule an appointment for a retinal scan, contact Dr. McQuillan’s office today.