Learn how the optomap Retinal Exam has helped eye care professionals save sight and even save lives.
At the age of 8, Tori and her mom visited Dr. Scott Thiele, Jacksonville, FL, for her first eye exam which included an optomap Retinal Exam. She had a slight blur in vision, but no other symptoms. The optomap Retinal Exam revealed a large retinal detachment, which occurs when the retina lifts or detaches from its normal position. Based on the size of the detachment, Dr. Thiele suspected cancer, and immediately referred her to the hospital. She was diagnosed with a rare, large choroidal melanoma and unfortunately her eye had to be removed. Tori’s mother credits the optomap Retinal Exam for discovering the tumor that could have been fatal if left undetected.
In preparation for Back to School, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, Cainan, scheduled an eye exam. Cainan received an optomap Retinal Exam the previous year and Dr. Jacqueline Campisi, Mystic, CT, compared his optomap images and noticed that the optic nerves, which transmit visual messages from the retina to the brain, in both eyes were swollen. Cainan was referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist and pediatric neurologist and was later diagnosed with papillitis aseptic meningitis due to Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an illness caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of infected ticks. Cainan was hospitalized at the time, but was released after a few days and is now healthy.
Prior to a visit to Dr. Daryl Sorah, Winder, GA, Michael – 62-years-old – was not aware of any serious health conditions. Dr. Sorah performed an optomap Retinal Exam as a part of his annual eye exam. After reviewing his optomap images Dr. Sorah recommended he visit his general practitioner as the results suggested that Michael was at risk for a stroke or transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke. Michael went to his general practitioner who performed a full “work up” of various tests and the doctor indicated he was fine except for a slight raise in his cholesterol level. Three months later, Michael had a stroke. He has since recovered and is in good health. Michael credits his life to Dr. Sorah and the optomap Retinal Exam as the warning provided by Dr. Sorah prepared him for what to do in order to respond effectively after having a stroke.
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