The Optomap device allows Dr. Swanson to obtain an ultra-widefield digital retinal image by using low-powered scanning laser wavelengths. This means that no dilation drops are required as is the case in other retinal imaging procedures. Besides, in more conventional devices, a full spectrum white light is used to capture the digital image of the retina.
What makes the Optomap device so unique is that it has the ability to display more than 80 percent of the retina. Since the retina is the only part of our body where we can see blood vessels directly, having the ability to capture an ultra-widefield image of it can really help us to identify eye conditions including retinal tears and detachments, glaucoma, as well as other non-eye diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. The earlier any abnormality is detected, the more chances you have of a successful treatment.