The earliest stages of eye disease and vision deterioration often take place in the farthest reaches of the eye and are difficult to find in a traditional retinal health check. Examining the far periphery of the eye requires special high-resolution imaging technology, such as the Zeiss Clarus® 500. This state-of-the-art—but difficult to find—technology is readily available at Colorado Ophthalmology Associates.
This is a simple system that uses photography without requiring dilation, which is a popular feature for many patients. While an additional dilation exam of the retina may be required for some patients, the Clarus eye exam can frequently take the place of dilation for others. When it comes to evaluating your eye health, we go above and beyond to protect your vision.
With this diagnostic technology available in our Denver and Lakewood, CO, offices, our ophthalmologists can detect the early stages of disease and can establish a baseline of images to compare with future exams to track your ongoing eye health. By conducting an ultra-wide fundus exam, the peripheral regions are able to be examined at the same time as the front areas. This comprehensive view enables your eye doctor to identify and treat common ocular conditions in their earliest stages.1
Interestingly, one of these common early detection conditions is diabetic retinopathy. The Clarus technology makes it possible for your ophthalmologist to diagnose early-onset diabetes—perhaps even before you know about it. This can give you the opportunity to receive prompt medical care that can help treat the diabetes in its earliest stages.
What common conditions can Clarus ultra-wide exams detect?
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal hemorrhages, holes or tears
- Retinal detachment
- Hypertensive retinal damage
- Ocular tumors
- Edema or lesions
- Macular degeneration
- Lattice degeneration
- Retinal vasculitis
- Choroidal melanoma
- Chorioretinal scarring
Who should have a Clarus eye exam?
Among other patients, those who have a pre-existing medical condition may be good candidates for the ultra-wide fundus exam. Some common conditions that may indicate the need for a Clarus exam includes:
- Skin cancer/moles
How does the imaging technology work?
The Clarus digital technology has the ability to take 133° images. Additionally, it can capture two 200° photos and merge them together to make one image. This autoflorescent acquisition technology delivers a clear, true color image. In a couple minutes, your doctor can have a comprehensive picture of both of your eyes. These translucent images clearly show veins, discolorations, edema and more, aiding in the diagnosis of many different eye conditions.2
What is a Clarus exam like?
When you have an exam using the Clarus imaging technology, you will likely be pleased at how easy it is. Like other exams, you will place your chin and forehead on the provided rests. But unlike other machines, the Clarus will rotate slightly around you, so you can relax. You will be instructed where to look, and the painless, simple imaging exam will be done in less than two minutes. No dilation is needed!
Get your ultra-wide fundus imaging exam done today!
When considering a retinal health checkup, it’s important to go to the board-certified ophthalmologists who are investing in some of the most advanced technology and providing some of the best vision care in the region. Our two Colorado locations provide convenient access to this advanced imaging technology for optical diagnostics. Call us today to make an appointment: