OPTOS VS DIGITAL RETINAL IMAGING (DRI) AND DILATION Some eye doctors are touting the benefits of Optos as a diagnostic instrument to capture retinal imaging and as a way to AVOID being dilated. The problem is that 1) Optos does not capture the true image of the Retina and 2) Optos does not capture 100% view of the peripheral retina to detect retinal tears that can lead to potential retinal detachments! As such, it is no substitute for a dilated exam!
In contrast Digital Retinal Imaging and Dilation of the eyes allows Dr. Ross and Dr. Desai to capture 100% view of the retina and obtain a natural magnified view of the blood vessels to detect early signs of hardening of the arteries!
We recently saw a patient who, when at another optometrist had an Optos test. The doctor said the results came out fine. The dilated retinal exam, with Dr Desai, revealed she had thinning of the retina that could lead to a retinal detachment, and she was sent to a retinal specialist for laser treatment! For this reason and many more we do not recommend the Optos test. History Of Optos: The inventor had a family member who suffered a retinal detachment, and then decided to see if there was a way to prevent it without dilating the eyes. The Optos never could see the far retinal periphery so it failed as a tool to replace dilation. However, as with most inventions that had millions of dollars spent on it, they found a use for it. They now “give” the Optos Machine away free to chain stores and other doctors who share the fee with the manufacturer for each test they do. They also require that the Optos renter do a certain number of tests each month or they charge the person who has the machine! Optos can detect disease but far better is DRI and getting dilated. Optos is NO SUBSTITUTE for dilation and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!