Optomap is the most advanced digital scan technology in eye care without the use of drops.  Eye examinations not only check the health of your eyes but also the health of your entire body.  The eye is the only place in the body where it’s possible to directly look in and see blood vessels and arteries.  The early stages of some health problems such as diabetes may be present without any symptoms being experienced.  It is therefore important to visit your eye care professional, even if you are not experiencing any vision problems so that any early signs can be detected as quickly as possible.

Optomap can:

  • view 80% of your retina instantly (traditional methods typically only view 10-15% at one time) in a quick and easy capture
  • let you see your own retinal image in a unique 3D wrap sequence
  • show early signs of many diseases, retinal and others (such as diabetes and hypertension) before you notice any symptoms
  • be stored so that we can compare it and monitor for any changes each time you visit.


The retina is the delicate lining at the back of the eye and is like the film in a camera. It receives light through the lens in your eye and produces a picture which is then sent to the brain, enabling you to see.
Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina. Early detection is essential so that successful treatments can be administered. The retina has no nerve endings and you may not feel any pain so there could be a problem that you are not aware of.
Optomap helps us check the health of your retina and allows us to see a much greater area of the retina at one time than we have in the past. The optomap captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic digital scan whereas traditional methods typically reveal only 15% of your retina at one time. This unique image enhances your optometrist’s ability to detect even the earliest signs of disease that present on your retina.
Not yet. In fact Scher&Ward Opticians is the only Practice in Loughton with this technology.  Optomap is the most advanced eye care technology in the world and is emerging as the standard for eye health.
Your optometrist will advise based on your individual circumstances, but it is generally recommended that you have an optomap every time you have an eye exam. This will ensure you have a digital record of your retinal health on file which can be compared for changes over time.
Many vision problems begin at an early age, so it’s important for children to receive proper eye care from the time they are infants.
As the demonstration video above shows, an optomap takes only seconds to perform, is not painful, and typically does not require eye drops to dilate pupils.
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