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Optomap® eye exams near Chicago

Optomap® retinal exams create a digital image of the retina without dilation. The scan is fast and painless, and results are ready immediately.

Wisconsin Vision offers dilation-free retinal imaging using Optos® technology at ten different locations.

Why Optomap®?

Optomap® retinal imaging has several advantages:

  • Efficient: Optomap® exams can be done right away. You don’t have to wait for dilating eye drops to take effect.
  • Convenient: Dilating eye drops can give you blurred vision and increased light sensitivity for hours. With Optomap® there’s no need for dilation.
  • Detailed: Traditional retinal imaging lets an optometrist view about 15% of the retina at a time. Optomap® wide-angle imaging captures a high-resolution view of more than 80% of the retina.
  • Archived: Unlike traditional retinal exams, Optomap® images can be saved to compare against future scans, or to share results with other doctors.


  • No eye drops
  • No waiting
  • No side effects
  • 200-degree view
  • Retinal image saved in your record
optomap retinal imaging vs dilation


  • 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:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Retinal detachment
  • Prediabetes/undiagnosed diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer

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 for prevention or successful treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an Optomap® retinal exam cost?

An Optomap® retinal exam at Eye Boutique is $40. This is separate from the cost of a comprehensive eye exam (which is typically covered by vision insurance).

Does vision insurance cover Optomap®?

In our experience, most vision plans don’t cover Optomap® exams 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.

Is Optomap® safe?

Yes, Optomap® is very safe and completely non-invasive. All you do is look through an opening in the front of the scanner. You’ll see a flash of light when the image is taken. It takes less than a second.

All equipment and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected after every exam and patient visit.

Can children get an Optomap® exam?

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

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