Retinal imaging allows us to look at your eye in great detail
Retinal imaging involves taking a photograph of the back of your eye. It is one of the best ways of detecting and monitoring the early signs of eye disease and is so important, we’ll offer it at no extra charge to any patient we feel would benefit from it.
The retina is the light sensitive layer at the back of your eye, which is responsible for everything that you can see. Damage to the central part of the retina can make it hard to read or make out faces, for example.
A number of serious eye diseases damage parts of the retina but start so slowly that they can go unnoticed for quite some time. Using retinal imaging as well as other tests allows us to identify disease early before it has time to interfere with your vision.
Our retinal camera needs just 30 seconds to get a picture of the back of your eye. At no point does any of the equipment come into contact with your eye so you won’t feel a thing. The process may not even require drops to make your pupils dilate so your vision is completely unaffected.
As well as examining the retina, our camera also allows us to check the optic disc -which can be affected by glaucoma – and to examine the health of the blood vessels in your eye. Problems with the blood vessels can be caused by hypertension and diabetes, which also have the potential to damage your sight.
We keep all retinal photographs on file so we can compare them with future images and track any changes in your eyes over time. If you would like to have access to your own results we’re happy to provide an electronic copy of your images if you bring us a memory stick.