Fundus photography, or a picture of the inside of the eye, is an important part of your comprehensive eye examination.
The camera used is designed to allow high-resolution photography of the retina and the optic nerve. Although the optometrist is able to view these structures of the eye with a microscope and lens during your examination, the purpose of the photo is threefold:
- It serves as documentation (photo-documentation) of the health of the inside of your eye at that specific time, allowing for comparison at future visits.
- It helps in the identification and diagnosis of disease and abnormalities involving your retina and optic nerve, like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and changes due to diabetes to name a few.
- It allows the optometrist to educate you about your eye health, specifically by showing you any issues visible on the photo.
About the Author
Dr. Eric DesGroseilliers
Dr. Eric DesGroseilliers graduated from the University of Montreal’s School of Optometry in 1996 and obtained a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, with honours in Molecular Biology from the University of Ottawa in 1992.
Dr. DesGroseilliers joined eyeDOCS in 1996 and became partner in 1998. He grew up in the Alta Vista area where he now practices. For more information about Dr. DesGroseilliers and his specialized interests relating to optometry, click here.