As the rates of diabetes in the US continue to rise, diabetic retinopathy remains one of the leading causes of blindness in adults. Earlier, more accurate detection of retinal pathology is crucial to the successful management of diabetic retinopathy. When compared to traditional examination techniques, the use of ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging technology from Optos, facilitates a more rapid visualization of a much larger area of the retinal periphery, resulting in earlier diagnosis, better evaluation, and more effective treatment options.
Clinical evidence has shown that UWF imaging can improve the detection of diabetic retinopathy. In the assessment of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, UWF images have been found to be comparable to the gold standard Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) seven-field color fundus photographs. With the use of UWF imaging, retinal images are obtained more quickly without the need for dilation. In addition, UWF color imaging capable of viewing more than 80 percent or 200° of the retina allows for better viewing of the periphery for diagnostic purposes.