Latest Optos technology lands in Europe

Optos, the world’s leading manufacturer of ultra-widefield optomap® technology and part of the Nikon group, has revealed that independent practitioners, Pilbeam Opticians, is the first in Europe to invest in its Monaco device.

The practice, based in Leicestershire in England, can now offer its 14,000 patients access to the first ultra-widefield retinal imaging system with integrated Optical Coherence Tomography in the European market.

Monaco produces a 200° single-capture optomap® image in less than ½ second. It also provides cross-sectional Optical Coherence Tomography views of retinal structures.

This advanced device, increases the chances of optometrists detecting the early signs of a range of diseases and conditions, including sight loss and diabetes.

Pilbeam Opticians upgraded to Monaco from the Optos P200. The practice offers the full range of optometric services, including eye examinations, prescribing corrective lenses, a comprehensive frame range with the latest lens designs and contact lenses.

Practice owner Jonathan Pilbeam uses his ultra-widefield technology when supporting local GP practices as part of the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) and receives referrals for specialist eye testing. These patients will now be screened using the Monaco.

Jonathan said: “I was one of the first adopters of Optos’ early optomap devices, because it ties in with our ethos of making sure we offer patients the latest technology.

“Health and wellbeing is at the forefront of everyone’s minds and thanks to Monaco, we can now examine the inside of the eye in incredible detail. This device delivers an unrivalled view of the retina, including the periphery, along with the OCT views of the retinal structures. This gives us our best chance of detecting the early signs diseases and conditions, including diabetes and glaucoma. 

“Having both technologies in one device also means we save space, which is an added bonus for us and other optometrists that perhaps don’t have masses of space in their practice.”

Monaco can be used on patients of all ages and will be offered to Pilbeam’s patients as part of a fixed monthly payment plan, Eyeplus or a fixed cost. 

Gareth Steer, Vice President Sales, Europe at Optos, said: “Our goal is to provide outstanding technology and customer service to practices, to help them to provide the best possible care for their patients – Monaco is going to give Jonathan and his team just that.

“As well as having a unique imaging system that captures ultra-widefield red/green and autofluorescence images combined with OCT capability, the device is also very comfortable for patients and can capture all three modalities in under two minutes.  

“Both optometrists and patients will have peace of mind knowing that pathologies can be identified, even in the periphery, and that potentially sight-threatening conditions can be discovered and treated at an early stage.” 

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