An Inside Look at Digital Retinal Imaging

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A picture’s worth a thousand words. Here’s an easy way to track vision changes.

When it comes to detecting and treating vision conditions, the sooner the better always applies. Retinal imaging is a quick, easy and painless way your eye doctor can look inside your eye and stay on top of changes that could signal possible vision or health issues.

Why look at the retina?

The retina is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye, and it works much like film in a camera. Light comes through the eye’s lens and strikes the retina, which produces a picture that it sends to the brain. This process enables you to see. The retina is also the only place in the body where blood vessels can be viewed directly without invasive procedures. So in addition to eye conditions, signs of other potential health problems can be detected by looking at the retina.1

With digital retinal imaging, your eye doctor and you gain a first look into what’s going on inside your eyes.

How retinal imaging works.

Traditionally, eye doctors have performed retinal exams manually. While this method is effective, there is no image record. With retinal imaging, eye care professionals can document the exam and establish a historical baseline of a patient’s eye health. It enables eye doctors to monitor the structures of the eye and more easily identify changes year over year. And with retinal imaging, you and your eye doctor can review the image together. You’ll be able to see what your doctor sees when looking inside your eyes.2

What conditions can retinal imaging reveal?

Used as an early identification tool, retinal imaging enables eye care professionals to identify potential signs of eye diseases, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

With any of these conditions, early detection is key to identifying successful treatment options. The sooner your eye doctor is aware of a potential vision or health issue, the sooner it can be addressed.3 Digital retinal imaging can help your eye doctor and you gain a first look into what’s going on inside your eyes.

  1. American Optometric Association
  2. Optos
  3. Ibid.