Optos Information

May 27, 2020


“Optos was founded and incorporated in 1992 by Douglas Anderson after his young son went blind in one eye after a retinal detachment was detected too late. Although his son was having regular eye exams, routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the doctor to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina. Anderson set out to commercialize a patient-friendly retinal image product that encompassed a digital widefield image of the retina in a single capture.” - - About Optos  


The Monaco is the only ultra-widefield retinal imaging device with integrated OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The Monaco is the only ultra-widefield retinal imaging device with integrated OCT. This produces a 200° single-capture optomap image in less than ½ second and also provides cross-sectional 40° OCT views of retinal structures. Monaco enables a rapid multi-modality capture featuring color, autofluorescence, and OCT scans, for both eyes, in as little as two minutes.

Monaco offers the following benefits:

    • UWF with integrated OCT saves time, space and minimizes patient movement

    • Central pole OCT provides comprehensive multi-modal imaging

    • Optomap images and OCT scans are correlated to facilitate pathology examination

    • Color, AF, and OCT images are shown in a single, comprehensive view


Red/Green (Color)




The optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging device captures more than 80% of your retina in one image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-15% of your retina at one time. 

The unique optomap ultra-widefield view enhances your eye doctor’s ability to detect even the earliest sign of disease that appears on your retina. Seeing most of the retina at once allows your doctor more time to review your images and educate you about your eye health. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the power of optomap as a diagnostic tool (Kehoe. Poster 19. Widefield Patient Care. EAOO 2016).

Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means, in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes) can be seen in the retina. Early detection is essential so treatments can be administered. 

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

Diabetes affects the eyes and the kidneys and is a leading cause of blindness. Retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The center of the retina (the macula) can become diseased as we get older. This results in alterations to our fine central vision making daily activities such as driving and reading difficult.

Glaucoma (Increased Eye Pressure)

Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve and almost always develops without symptoms.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Increased pressure can result in changes to blood vessels in the eye, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease

(a stroke or heart disease).


How often should I have an optomap?

    Your doctor will advise you based on your individual circumstances, but the general recommendation is 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.

Should my children have an optomap too?

    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. We typically begin routine eye examinations for infants six months of age and older, but we can usually achieve high-quality optomap imaging results with children starting between three and five years old, in conjunction with a regular exam. 

Will I need to be dilated and does it hurt?

    An optomap takes only seconds to perform, is not painful, and typically does not require dilation. However, your eye doctor may decide dilation is still needed. For the vast majority of people, however, dilation is generally not required for optomap imaging nor for an exam. 


The optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging process is included in the price of your exam. Because its early-detection methods save sight and inform your approach to both your eye health and overall wellness, we use optomap retinal imaging on every patient as a routine portion of your annual or semiannual checkups. Schedule an appointment with us by calling 801-798-2020 or visiting the appointment scheduler tab on our website. We look forward to seeing you!