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Dr. Proske’s personal Optomap testimonial

Dr. Proske tells about his personal experience with optomap®, and how it saved his life.


I had just turned 21 years old when I had a hemorrhagic stroke.  It turned my life around.  In an instant I went from being a successful undergraduate student at Texas A&M to not even knowing my girlfriend's name.  Fortunately I was young and over the next several years was able to gain my mental abilities back.

23 years later, our clinic was doing routine maintainence on our optomap® Retinal Imager.  In order to verify that the mirrors were clean, I took images of my own eyes.  When I examined the image of my right eye, I noticed several hemorrhages at the far left edge of my retina.  Click here to see a larger version.

Optomap image smallOver the next several months, I continued to monitor my optomap® images, and found that I would have spontaneous hemorrhages in each eye.  Without optomap® imaging, these hemorrhages would not have been caught.

I then saw a hematologist, and with some extensive blood testing, discovered that I actually had a coagulation disorder.  This was a timebomb waiting to go off again, perhaps in a future debilitating or even life-threatening incident.  I have stopped off of all NSAIDs and any other blood-thinners and am now doing great.  By finally knowing the source of my stroke and taking the proper precautions, I can now manage this disorder.

The optomap® Retinal Imager probably saved my life!  You can see why I highly recommend that my patients have optomap® imaging every year.

Paul Proske, OD