Why Optomap- the story of how one man couldn't save his sons sight.

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"With the optomap exam, Leif's detached retina might have been detected in time to be properly treated. His eye could have been saved." Douglas Anderson.

Optos was founded 20 years ago by Douglas Anderson after his then five-year-old son, Leif, went blind in one eye when a retinal detachment was detected too late. 

Routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the optometrist to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina.

Douglas, from Dumfermline, Scotland set out to develop a patient-friendly retinal imaging product that encompassed a digital widefield image of the retina easily.



An annual comprehensive eye exam is an important component of your health care regimen. These yearly check-ups enable us to test your vision and examine the inside and back area of your eye, known as the retina. The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases that could lead to loss of vision or in some cases blindness. The early detection of any retinal abnormality is crucial to maintaining your ocular and general health, because in most cases of eye disease, in the early stages, you will experience no signs or symptoms. 


The optomap is a tool that assists us in the evaluation of your retina. With the optomap we can discover any abnormalities or confirm the health of your retina, diagnose any potentially harmful diseases, and if necessary, determine the best course of action. The ultra-wide view captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 12% of your retina at one time


The optomap is a simple, non-invasive procedure. In less than a second we can generate a high-resolution, digital, colour image of your retina. This image becomes a part of your permanent medical record and enables us to see more of your retina, measure aspects of your eye, and magnify some of the finer details. We can also track changes in your eye over time by comparing each year’s optomap. In addition, you take a more active role in your eye care by reviewing the images with the optometrist and learning more about how best to protect your vision.  


At Culver and Glass and Ryley and Evans we firmly believe optomap contributes to our high standards of care and also improves patient education and satisfaction. We are so proud to be supporting an amazing British innovation, which continues to improve year on year.  We never cease to be amazed at what we pick up that we weren’t expecting! Rest assured with optomap you are always guaranteed the most advanced technology and the peace of mind this gives you.