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Perspective Retinal Imaging
The Role of Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging
as a Standard Assessment Tool in the
Kerry K Assil 1 and V Nicholas Batra 2
1. Assil Eye Institute, Beverly Hills, California, US; 2. Batra Vision, San Leandro, California, US
C omprehensive evaluation of retinal health prior to and following cataract surgery is critical to supporting optimal outcomes.
In addition to the importance of identifying retinal pathology that may prevent or delay cataract surgery, continuous advances in
refractive intraocular lens technology and cataract surgical technique, coupled with increasingly high expectations regarding visual
outcomes among younger patients, make the consideration of long-term quality of vision paramount in the cataract assessment. Optos ® ultra-
widefield retinal imaging supports this clinical objective by providing imaging standardization in a streamlined, patient-friendly exam process,
supporting robust documentation that facilitates mapping of disease progression, and offering potential economic advantages in a resource-
Keywords Ultra-widefield retinal imaging, UWF, cataract
surgery, multifocal IOL, retinal periphery
Disclosure: Kerry K Assil has nothing to disclose in
relation to this article. V Nicholas Batra participated
in a panel case presentation sponsored by Optos
Acknowledgments: Editorial assistance
was provided by BioComm Network, Inc.
Compliance with Ethics: This study a review of the
literature and did not involve any studies with human
or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria
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Received: February 6, 2017
Accepted: March 22, 2017
Citation: US Ophthalmic Review, 2017;10(1):31–4
Corresponding Author: Kerry K Assil,
450 N. Roxbury Dr., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills,
CA 90210, US. E: email@example.com
Support: The publication of this article was supported by
Optos. The views and opinions expressed are those of the
authors and do not necessarily reﬂect those of Optos.
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Due in part to continuous improvement in the safety, speed, and refractive outcomes of cataract
surgery, the number of cataract procedures has increased steadily over the past 30 years, and the
percentage of patients undergoing the procedure at a younger age is also increasing. These trends
were documented in a frequently cited population-based study of Omsted County, Minnesota, that
compared rates of cataract surgery between 2005 and 2011 to those in the prior 25 years. Data on
more than 8,000 cataract procedures in the most recent period revealed that the incidence of cataract
surgery had increased significantly, the interval between first and second eye surgery narrowed
significantly, and 19% of patients elected cataract surgery before age 65. 1 This rise in cataract surgery
rates will continue to accelerate as the US population ages; the number of Americans over age 65 is
expected to nearly double by 2050, to 83.7 million. 2
Along with the increasing volume driven by this large demographic wave, there are a number of
important implications of the shift to earlier cataract surgery and the increasing use of sophisticated
premium intraocular lens (IOL) technologies. Perhaps the most significant of these is that many
patients will live for decades after the procedure. These patients have high expectations of their
immediate postoperative visual outcomes and also expect to continue to see well as they age. With
sustained quality of vision the main therapeutic objective, it has become paramount to perform
thorough retinal exams pre-surgically and postoperatively to identify pre-existing retinal disease
that might prevent, delay, or alter surgery, to anticipate future retinal problems—particularly to the
degree that this prospect may affect lens choice—and to provide an initial, post-cataract baseline
for monitoring future pathological changes. In this review, we will describe the integration into our
pre- and post-cataract surgery assessments of a specific imaging technology that has shown utility
in retinal disease detection and management for both the general ophthalmologist and the retinal
specialist. In our experience, ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging (Optos plc., Dunfermline, Scotland)
and the clinical and practical value of the high-resolution, digital optomap ® images they produce, have
complemented the information available to us from standard approaches, including conventional
fundus examination and optical coherence tomography (OCT), thereby improving our ability to rapidly
and accurately identify retinal pathology, facilitating consultation with retina colleagues, and resulting
in enhanced patient care, increased patient satisfaction, and greater efficiency within our practices.
As a result, Optos ® UWF retinal imaging has become a routine component of perioperative evaluation
in our cataract cases, based on the unique advantages of the technology, and we believe that other
cataract practices may benefit from considering this approach.