Digital Retinal Imaging
Part of a routine eye exam is looking at the back of the eye and making sure that no disease exists and that your eyes are healthy. To do that the doctor needs to put drops in the eye, called dilating drops, which make the vision blurry and sensitive to light for 3-6 hours. This provides a more complete view of the retina (back of the eye) than had previously been possible. Most patients can avoid having their pupils dilated with drops and testing is fast, easy and comfortable. Retinal imaging enables us to better monitor your eye health annually and continues our commitment to offer all of our patients the highest standard of care available.
Doctors recommend this technique because it serves as a baseline if there are ever any changes noted. Many eye problems do not have any symptoms until they are very advanced. From a medical perspective, it is superior to dilation as a screening test.
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If interested ask one of our Optometrists during your exam for more details. Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be directly visualized, therefore the following diseases are often diagnosed for the first time within an eye exam. The Optomap can detect; diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, hypertension among other diseases.