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Why Optomap®?

Optomap® retinal imaging has several advantages:


  • No eye drops
  • No waiting
  • No side effects
  • 200-degree view
  • Retinal image saved in your record


  • Requires dilating eye drops
  • Wait up to 30 minutes for eye drops to work
  • Side effects can include blurred vision & light sensitivity
  • 45-degree view
  • No visual record of exam

Optomap® does not replace dilation

Optomap® is an effective complement to dilated retinal exams because it provides a comprehensive view of almost the whole retina, and images can be used to monitor changes over time.

Depending on your eye health and the results of your Optomap® exam, your eye doctor may also require a dilated eye exam to further evaluate the retina and optic nerve.

Patients with diabetes need a dilated retinal exam to screen for retinopathy once a year, or as recommended by their eye doctor.

Optomap cost

Optomap® Exams are $40*

This is separate from the cost of a comprehensive eye exam (which is typically covered by vision insurance).

What can Optomap® detect?

Both Optomap® and traditional retinal exams can detect early signs of ocular and systemic diseases, including:

Because the retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be directly observed, some diseases can be detected in a retinal exam even before any symptoms present. Early detection can improve your chances of prevention or successful treatment.

Can children get an Optomap® exam?

Absolutely. Optomap® is safe for patients of all ages.

Does vision insurance cover Optomap®?

In our experience, most vision plans don’t cover Optomap® unless there’s a medical need. We’re happy to do a free benefits check and let you know what your plan covers.

We take CareCredit, which can make paying for out-of-pocket costs more convenient.

Is an Optomap® retinal exam worth it?

Optomap®  retinal exams are worth it for multiple reasons:

  • Some patients avoid eye exams because they don’t like dilating eye drops. Optomap® removes this barrier.
  • Optomap® images let you see your own retina. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about eye anatomy and health.
  • Optomap® facilitates early detection of many different diseases affecting vision and overall health.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an Optomap® retinal exam cost?

The cost of an Optomap® retinal exam at Wisconsin Vision is $40.

Does Optomap® replace dilation?

In most cases Optomap® is an effective complement to typical retinal exams but it does not replace dilation completely. While Optomap® provides a comprehensive view of the retina, your eye doctor may require a dilated eye exam for further evaluation.

Is Optomap® safe?

Yes, Optomap® is not only non-invasive but completely safe for patients of all ages. The image takes less than a second to be recorded and you'll see a quick flash of light when the process is complete.

What can Optomap® detect?

Optomap® retinal exams provide wide view images of your retina, allowing the detection of many diseases or cancers affecting your vision and overall health. Optomap® gives patients who do not like dilating eye drops an alternative form of examination.

Where are Optomap® eye exams given?

You can receive an Optomap® eye exam at one of nine Wisconsin Vision locations including Elm Grove, Greenfield, Janesville, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Madison, Franklin, Racine, and Appleton.

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