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Is optos ultra-wide field retinal imaging more efficient than indirect ophthalmoscopy to see large details of the retina?
Efficiency-accuracy: Efficiency, speed, ease of use are attributes of optos, but detailed, high magnification ; dynamic indirect ophthalmoscopy by the eye md is better for careful discriminative diagnoses. Sorry, i don't want to be replaced (yet) by a camera! i've never been able to replace my careful examination of the retina with indirect ophthalmoscopy by an image, except by sd-oct which is excellent. ...Read more
They Do not hurt: Gonioscopy, ophthalmoscopy and tonometry are all part of a complete eye examination and generally do not hurt. Topical anesthetic drops are instilled in the eye at the beginning of the examination. While the bright light of ophthalmoscopy may be briefly uncomfortable, it is generally not painful. ...Read more
See retinal doc: You probably have had a diagnosis of an "abnormal spot" on your retina by your ophthalmologist (you are seeing an ophthalmologist and not an optometrist - right?). Something was seen (not too many bad things at age 34) and now given the large list of possiblities you need to have a diagnosis. If the person who found this is uncomfortable with a diagnosis, then get a referral to a retinal doc. ...Read more
No: Those are very common tests done by ophthalmologist who are trained to perform them. When done correctly, there is no pain at all. The eyes are first numbed with an anesthetic eye drop and therefore, no pain is felt. During the tests, an instrument does come in contact with the cornea, but the patient cannot feel anything because the eye is numbed. Aprehension...Yes...Pain...No! ...Read more
Photo and follow: A photo is certainly needed, then repeat exams and photos every 6 months for a few years. ...Read more