|The Daytona from Optos assists with patient education by providing a 200Â° panoramic and instantly reviewable image (optomap).|
|COMMENTS FROM THE DOCS
“Thanks to the Daytona, our patients have a better understanding of what it is we are looking at when a retinal examination takes place.”
-Roland Abundo, OD,
“This was the best money our office has ever spent on a piece of equipment.”
-Joseph Raffa, OD, Founders,
Daytona’s tabletop Optos delivers high-resolution retinal imaging.
For most of my 18 years of practice, I thought I was doing a great job educating my patients about their ocular health. However, as I got busier, the counseling regarding a dilated fundus exam with normal results got to be shorter and shorter.
When a patient had typical retinal findings, I would often say, “Your eyes look great”¦you don’t have glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration”¦any questions?” As you can imagine, a patient won’t ask many questions when they don’t have a basic understanding of the retina. The Daytona from Optos assists with patient education by providing a 200Â° panoramic and instantly reviewable image (optomap‘), allowing ECPs to better analyze results and include their patients in the process. An added bonus: The compact footprint of 18 in. wide x 20 in. deep makes this an easy machine to manage.
The optomap ultra-widefield images are easily captured in both color and autofluorescence mode. Autofluorescence can detect more subtle retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) changes in retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt’s. Another nice feature: An optomap image can be captured through undilated pupils as small as 2mm.
Because the Daytona imaging software can be networked with all exam rooms, images can be shared for easy co-managing with a specialist. There are also several options for displaying the results for patient education. I use the 3D wrapâ„¢ display. This functionality is a patient education tool that places the patient’s optomap image inside of an interactive representation of the eye, allowing me to spin the fundus in any direction and zoom in on areas of interest. While reviewing the results, an operator can also modify the image with a red-free filter, brightness level, and several other options.
The Daytona has also enabled me to streamline my appointments. Pre-Daytona, I had to schedule patients for follow-up dilation exams but post-Daytona, I can now complete the exam in one visit.
I’m also more efficient by taking two images on each eye. Having these images is important for a couple reasons. Obviously, one may be of better quality. Also, a vitreal floater can be deceiving. When you look at the images side by side, the floater will move to a different spot, which gives you the diagnosis.
If the patient agrees to open the test results, I go straight from slit lamp to evaluating the entire retina without breaking the exam into two parts. I describe what I’m looking for which usually prompts questions like “What does macular degeneration look like?” I then tap into the software to show the abnormal pictures.
The bottom line: We have plenty of exciting technology for patients with eye disease but now, thanks to the Daytona, we also have exciting technology for our well-vision exams as well.
Jared T. Powelson is a co-owner and practitioner at Midtown Eye Care, PLLC in Memphis, TN.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
Optos •866-OPTOMAP •optos.com