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What is retinal imaging?

Retinal imaging takes pictures of the inside of your eye, which includes the retina. The retina senses light and sends the images to your brain.

Why is this type of test done?

A retinal imaging test can help your optometrist find and treat eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. A test may also help your optometrist to see if a disease is getting worse and whether treatment is working. You may need retinal imaging if:

  • You have diabetes: Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to poor vision and even blindness.
  • You have diabetic retinopathy: A test can help your doctor see if treatment is working.
  • Your doctor thinks you have wet macular degeneration which can lead to vision loss: A fluorescein angiogram can help find leaky blood vessels in your eye or blood vessels that are not normal, which are part of this disease.
  • Your vision is getting worse and your doctor wants to find out why

Eye exams, including retinal imaging, may help your doctor find diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration early. If you find the diseases early and begin treatment, you have a better chance of protecting your vision.

Retinal imaging should not take the place of a complete eye exam.

Your optometrist at eyeDOCS optometric clinics recommends all patients have an retinal imaging taken at each comprehensive eye examination to ensure we have a digital record of your retinal health on which to accurately monitor changes over time.