This device performs a scan to detect the onset of a disease or to confirm if eyes are healthy. The digital camera produces the images within a few seconds, providing an overview of the retina. This provides the ability to have a permanent record of the current state of the eye, and later have something to compare it to if changes over time do develop. If there is an issue detected upon examination, the photos can help determine if aggressive treatments are needed or not. Not only does this technology enable us to better educate our patients about their eye health, but comparison of these images year after year are important in the early detection and monitoring of a variety of ocular conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Early detection of retinal disease is essential to minimizing or eliminating disease progression and potentially associated vision loss.
For these reasons we recommend digital retinal imaging for all patients, but especially for those who have retinal diseases, a family history of eye disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, flashes of light or floaters in their vision, headaches, or those with a high spectacle prescription.