Like your mobile device, your camera and your music collection, eye exams have entered the digital age. That means at your next appointment, your eye doctor could document the exam through retinal imaging—a process that tracks changes in your eye that could signal possible vision or health issues.
And you thought that string of selfies on your phone was your most valuable collection of images…
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.
How does 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 your eye health. It allows eye doctors to monitor the structures of the eye and more easily identify changes year to 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.
What conditions can retinal imaging reveal?
Used as an early identification tool, retinal imaging lets eye care professionals identify potential signs of eye diseases, including:
• Diabetic retinopathy
• Age-related macular degeneration
• 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. Digital retinal imaging can help your eye doctor and you gain a first look into what’s going on inside your eyes.