National Optometry Centre receives Optomap donation

26 September 2012: DIT’s National Optometry Centre (NOC), Kevin Street is delighted to have received a donation of Optomap scanning device from Optos plc. The Optomap performs an ultra-wide digital scan of the retina, bringing the most advanced technology to patients as part of the comprehensive eye examination service offered at the centre. This new device at the NOC is one of only three in the Republic of Ireland.


Declan Hovenden, Head Clinical Optometrist at the NOC, performs Optomap Scan

Declan Hovenden, Head Clinical Optometrist and Clinic Manager at the NOC explained that it is important to make sure that your retina is healthy. An unhealthy retina cannot send clear signals to the brain and this can result in impaired vision or blindness. If detected early, many retinal conditions and other diseases can be treated successfully.

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 heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina. Early detection is essential.

The Optomap ultra-wide retinal scan captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. More traditional imaging devices typically reveal only about 15% of your retina at one time. This makes Optomap a powerful diagnostic tool. Each scan takes only seconds to perform, is not painful and typically does not require any drops to dilate the pupils. At the NOC the Optomap scan may be carried out either as part of a routine eye examination or for specific clinical reasons.

Eye examinations are provided at the NOC through both teaching clinics (where 3rd and 4th year optometry students are involved under-supervision) and professional clinics. All examinations carried out in the teaching sessions are free of charge and open to everyone during academic term time. Contact lens assessments and aftercare are also provided free and contact lenses can be supplied at discounted levels. Professional clinics run year-round and are also open to all. A fee is charged to attend these professional clinics but they are free if you have a medical card, PRSI cover or are a member of staff of DIT (under the VDU eye examination scheme).

The NOC also has a full spectacle dispensing service offering a full range of frames (from budget to designer) and ophthalmic lenses to meet all requirements. Expert advice is always on hand from the in-house dispensing opticians and discounts are available to those who attend the teaching clinics for examination and to all DIT staff and students.

For an appointment or for further information, please contact the NOC at 4024900.

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