See the Full Picture with the optomap® App

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 by

Optos is making it easier than ever for Ophthalmologists and Vitreo-retinal specialists to explore ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging technology before investing in the equipment for their practice.


With apps available for both Apple® and Android tablets, you can see first-hand the detailed images optomap provides. Interactive features, case studies, testimonials, and quizzes make the optomap mobile app an interesting and engaging way to educate yourself on UWF.


To create the high-resolution images, optomap utilizes red and green lasers which are directed through a virtual scanning point in the eye. The lights then return through the optical scanning system and create a highly detailed image of up to 82 percent of the retina. Because many eye diseases present in the periphery, UWF imaging allows you see more, discover more, and treat your patients more effectively.


Download the optomap mobile app for your Apple® tablet on iTunes, or for your Android tablet using this Google Play.


Please contact us if you are interested in learning more on how to partner with Optos.


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Customer Spotlight: Black and Lizars

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 by

Further reinforcing their clinical and technological reputation, Black and Lizars now offers optomap® retinal imaging at ten of their UK practices. They believe that with their investment in Optos’ revolutionary ultra-widefield (UWF™) technology, they can now diagnose conditions earlier and provide better outcomes for their patients. Black and Lizars have the largest network of optomap UWF technology in the UK.





optomap provides eyecare professionals with a digital, high-definition image of more than 80 percent of the retina, in a single capture, and without dilation as compared to standard retinal imaging only captures between 10-60 percent of the retina. The clinicians at Black and Lizars also appreciate the ability to utilize autofluorescence images which can highlight retinal pathology that may not be found by other forms of retinal imaging. The ability to diagnose and monitor disease with such fine detail has been truly revolutionary for their practices.


The optomap is being offered by Black and Lizars as part of their “Enhanced Eye Exam”. Black and Lizars feels that this type of exam, which goes above the standard NHS exam, will allow for earlier diagnosis of AMD, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other vision-threatening disease while …


New Study Reveals No Correlation between Body Fat and Diabetic Retinopathy in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 by

It’s well-known that Type 2 diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy, which is the leading cause of blindness in patients under 50 years of age. We also know that obesity can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes. With both of these facts, it seems logical correlate the amount of body fat a patient has with their propensity to develop this disease. Interestingly enough, though, studies are showing that there is no correlation between the two after all.




One particular study published in the National Library of Medicine concluded that there was no correlation between distribution of body fat, adipokine secretion and diabetic retinopathy. The research was conducted with a group of 179 individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The scientists used MRI as a tool to measure body fat distribution and visceral fat.


With classifications used by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, patients were divided into three groups: those who had no sign of diabetic retinopathy, patients who had mild or moderate retinopathy and patients with advanced or severe cases. The latter group included proliferative and diabetic retinopathy treated with lasers.


It was discovered that patients in all three groups had similar concentrations of various fat accumulation, which indicates that …


Patient Advice: How Does the Human Eye Actually Work?

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 by

The human eye is a complex structure, yet very few people understand exactly how it works or how important it is to protect their eye health. In fact, there are a number of major components that form the eye, which all work together so we can see. The following list highlights the major components of the eye and the steps involved to create vision.




— Cornea- As the outer layer of the eye, the cornea is responsible for most of your optical power. When light bounces off objects, it then enters the cornea. The cornea manipulates the light so that it goes into the pupil. — Iris- The iris is the colored portion of your eye responsible for adjusting the size of your pupil. Most people believe the pupil expands and contracts on its own; however, it’s the iris that actually opens and closes to dilate or contract the pupil. — Pupil- The pupil is the black circle in the center of your eye that is adjusted by the iris to regulate the amount of light sent through the lens. — Lens- Located behind the retina, the lens of your eye controls captured light and sends it to the back of your eye, or the retina. …


Patient Advice: Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 by

As the leading cause of blindness in adult Americans, it’s more important now than ever to ensure you’re getting regular retinal examinations to diagnose and begin treatment for diabetic retinopathy as early as possible. Your best chance at maintaining your vision is to be diagnosed during the earliest stages of this disease.




Unfortunately, most people don’t exhibit any signs or symptoms of diabetic retinopathy until complications and permanent damage have already occurred. Although a regular retinal examination is your best defense, if you notice any of the following symptoms, you should visit your ophthalmologist immediately.


— Changes in your vision, such as blurring, seeing double or having trouble reading. — Seeing spots or dark strings, known as “floaters,” in your vision. — Vision problems that come and go. — Difficulty distinguishing colors. — Dark areas or blanks in your visual field.


The best way to avoid diabetic retinopathy is to maintain proper control of your diabetes. Although the exact cause hasn’t been determined, studies have shown that high levels of blood glucose are a contributing factor.


optomap ultra-widefield retinal images have been found to be equal to ETDRS1 in all categories. With a 200 degree optomap image, a literature review found that 66% more …


Common Eye Health Conditions in Aging Adults

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 by

For many aging adults, seeing is everything, and eye health becomes even more important during their Golden Years. Although there are many eye health conditions that may affect older adults, three of the most common eye health conditions include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Taking good care of your eyes and visiting your eyecare professional every year is essential for early detection and effective treatment of these conditions.




Cataracts cloud eye lenses and can occur in one or both eyes. Although cataracts develop slowly over time, it can eventually interfere with your vision. Symptoms of cataracts include dim or cloudy vision, sensitivity to light or glare and the fading or yellowing of eye color.




Glaucoma refers to a series of diseases that damages the optic nerve in the eye, causing vision problems and even blindness. Early detection is essential for treating glaucoma and preventing the progression of this condition, which occurs as pressure from fluid builds up behind the anterior chamber of the eye.


There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early detection allows for effective treatment with medication or surgery. A yearly eye exam is the best way to ensure glaucoma is detected before it results in the loss of peripheral or central vision.


Diabetic Retinopathy




November is American Diabetes Month

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by

There’s more to November than cold weather, family gatherings and good food. November is also American Diabetes Month, which is the perfect time of the year to spread awareness about how diabetes affects millions of people all over the world. While you may already know that diabetes complicates the regulation of blood sugar, not enough people understand that it also affects other areas of the body, including the eyes.



With more than 25 million diabetics in the U.S., advocating eye health awareness during American Diabetes Month is vital. Here are the top three optometric conditions that are common among people living with diabetes.




Retinopathy occurs when small blood vessels connected to the retina are damaged, preventing the eye from sending a visual image to the brain. Retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness-related conditions and is heavily prevalent among diabetics. The three types of retinopathy related to diabetes, include:


**Macular edema **Proliferative retinopathy **Nonproliferative retinopathy


Left unattended, diabetic retinopathy can lead to permanent blindness. In fact, diabetics may increase their chances of developing diabetic retinopathy by delaying diagnosis and/or treatment.




While anyone can develop glaucoma, particularly elderly individuals, the odds for …


Understanding the Four Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by

If you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for eye conditions that may lead to blindness. One of these conditions is diabetic retinopathy.

This disease occurs as the blood vessels providing nourishment to the retina begin to leak blood and other fluids. Abnormal blood vessels may begin to grow on the surface of the retina. This damage causes the retina to swell and cloud your vision as it progresses through its four identifiable stages to blindness.

Four Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

**Stage One — Mild nonproliferative retinopathy. In the earliest stage, small aneurysms cause balloon-like swelling in the tiny blood vessels of the retina. **Stage Two — Moderate nonproliferative retinopathy. The condition progresses and some blood vessels in the retina become blocked, cutting off nourishment to the retina. **Stage Three — Severe nonproliferative retinopathy. The retina becomes starved of its blood supply as more blood vessels become blocked. As a result, signals are sent to the body to grow new blood vessels and increase blood supply. **Stage Four — Proliferative retinopathy. The body responds to the call for additional blood vessels by producing abnormal blood vessels on the retina and the vitreous gel within the eye. These new vessels are fragile …


Join Optos at AAO’s Annual Academy 2014 Denver Meeting

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 by

As the leaders in ultra-widefield retinal imaging technology, Optos would like to invite you to join us at Academy 2014 Denver, the American Association of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting. This annual meeting is a fantastic opportunity to obtain CE credits, learn techniques to improve your practice and keep yourself updated on the cutting edge of new technologies and practices. Academy 2014 Denver will also provide you with a great opportunity to network, socialize and explore Denver.



The meeting will take place at the Denver Convention Center from November 12th to November 15th. Advanced registration and hotel details can be arranged online, or if you prefer to register in person, you may do so upon arrival to the convention center.


Optos will be providing you with three ways to learn more about our company and what we can offer to your practice. Be sure to take note of the following dates and times, so you don’t miss any of our offerings.


**Throughout the show, Optos will be at Booth 621. **Our high-tech workshop will be held on Thursday, November 13th from 9amto 12pm in room 107. **A Podium Seminar will take place on Friday, November 14th from 2pm to 4pm, on the topic of “Genetics in the …