In the realm of eye care, advancements in technology have been pivotal in enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of diagnosis and treatment. One such revolutionary technology making waves in the field is optomap®, a cutting-edge retinal imaging system developed by Optos.

The story behind this remarkable innovation, and how it’s transforming the landscape of eye care and the services offered by Thomas and Saunders, is a remarkable one.

A Personal Journey of Innovation

optomap® traces back to the personal journey of Douglas Anderson, driven by the desire to provide a better solution for eye examinations. Douglas’s son, Leif, experienced the harrowing consequences of undetected retinal issues at a young age, losing sight in one eye due to a spontaneous retinal detachment.

Faced with the limitations of existing examination methods, Douglas embarked on a mission to develop a device that could offer comprehensive imaging of the retina without the need for invasive procedures. After years of research and development, the Panoramic200 (P200) was born, later branded as optomap®.

The Power of optomap®

What sets optomap® apart is its ability to capture an impressive 82% view of the retina in a single, high-resolution image. This wide-field imaging is achieved through an undilated pupil, making the process patient-friendly and efficient.

At Thomas and Saunders, we’re proud to offer this state-of-the-art technology to our patients. With optomap®, our optometrists can detect a range of disorders and diseases affecting the retina, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, optomap® can also reveal signs of non-eye or systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers.

Transforming Lives, One Scan at a Time

The impact of optomap® extends beyond mere diagnosis; it’s about preserving vision and saving lives. For Douglas Anderson, the journey of developing this technology was driven by the hope of preventing others from experiencing unnecessary vision loss.

Indeed, optomap® has already made a significant difference, with over 60 million patients worldwide benefiting from its unparalleled capabilities. At Thomas and Saunders, we’ve witnessed first-hand how optomap® has played a pivotal role in diagnosing retinal issues early, enabling timely interventions that have preserved vision and transformed lives.

Empowering Patients with Knowledge

With optomap®, patients gain valuable insights into the health of their eyes. By visualising the intricate details of the retina, individuals can better understand their eye health and take proactive steps to maintain it. Moreover, the speed and convenience of optomap® ensure a hassle-free experience for both patients and practitioners.

Looking Ahead

As we continue to embrace advancements in eye care technology, the journey doesn’t end here. At Thomas and Saunders Optometrists, we remain committed to staying at the forefront of innovation, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care. 

Of course, as well as benefitting from technology, following simple daily habits can be highly effective and help maintain good eye health too. We suggest:

  • Schedule Regular Check-ups: Make it a priority to visit your optician regularly for eye examinations. Early detection is key to preventing vision loss.
  • Incorporate Exercise into Your Routine: Regular physical activity promotes overall health, including eye health.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Minimise eye strain from screen use by taking regular breaks and following the 20-20-20 rule. This means for every 20 minutes of screen time, look away for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 metres away.

So, whether you’re due for your routine eye examination or seeking specialised care, contact Thomas and Saunders. Because, when it comes to your vision, every detail matters.