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For many eyecare patients, having pupils dilated (opened up) using eye drops can be a bother. But as an integral part of a truly comprehensive eye exam, those drops are highly recommended. Dilation gives your eye doctor the widest view of the internal structures at the back of the eye—the optic nerve, retina, even blood vessels.

That’s where Optomap technology comes in. Using low-power laser technology, your eyecare professional can take a wide, instantly-viewable and detailed digital scan of your retina (the area responsible for processing images). All in real time. And in no time. Without the use of pupil-dilating eye drops.

Tallahassee Eye Center offers our patients the optomap ® Retinal Screening as part of your annual comprehensive eye examination.


The optomap ® Retinal Screening:

  • Allows the doctor to see approximately 80% of your retina (back of the eye) in one image (similar to a panoramic photograph) to confirm the health of your eye or to detect the presence of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, holes, tears, retinal detachments, ocular melanomas or many other conditions.
  • The earlier these conditions are detected, the higher the chance of successful treatment.
  • Will be saved in your medical file enabling your doctor to make important comparison during your annual eye exam from year to year.
  • May reduce the frequency at which you’ll need to be dilated. When we have the optomap ® yearly, we can often dilate every 2-3 years rather than yearly.


Our fee for the optomap ® has been reduced to only $25, and is typically not covered by insurance plans.


The optomap ® takes approximately 2-3 minutes for both eyes and results are available immediately. Your eyes will not need to be dilated to perform the test.


The doctors at Tallahassee Eye Center strongly recommend that all patients have this test performed every year.


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Dear patients,

As your eye care professionals, your well-being is important to us! After careful consideration of the most recent recommendations of the CDC, AOA and FDA regarding the current COVID-19 situation, we feel that it is best for you, our team, and our community to limit our physical interactions with one another until the threat of the virus has passed. Therefore, we will be closing the office on Friday, March 20 at 12:00 noon and will remain closed until at least March 27, but most likely longer.

In the meantime, if you have a true ocular emergency, please call 850-216-2020 to reach the doctor on call. We will be doing our best to manage all urgent eye problems in such a manner as to limit any possible spread of the virus.

For those patients with appointments scheduled for the week of March 23, we will be calling to reschedule your appointments once we have a better estimate regarding when we will reopen. Because our schedule is already quite full for the next several weeks and because we realize that many of you have already waited several weeks for an appointment, we will be adding additional time slots to the weekly schedule as we attempt to accommodate each of you in a timely manner. We ask for your patience and your flexibility in this matter.

In addition, if it appears to still be reasonable, we plan to be open briefly on Wednesday, March 25 from 10:00am -12:00 pm to allow our patients to pick up any previously-ordered glasses and contact lenses. Please call the office when you arrive and we will deliver your eyewear to your car.

If you need to order contact lenses during this time please email the office at Be sure to include your contact information and someone will reach out to you. We will do our best to monitor this email daily.

Online ordering is also available at

We will be closely monitoring the situation and will notify you as soon as we make the decision to reopen. It is our hope that we will soon be on the other side of this situation and that our community will remain healthy and strong.

Stay well, Drs. Whaley, Strickland and Hough