Whenever you go for your annual eye checkup, chances are your eye doctor will ask if you want retinal imaging done at your annual exam. There is very good reason to say yes immediately.
Retinal imaging is an eye exam conducted by your ophthalmologist, you eye doctor. It provides your eye doctor to identify early signs of eye disease that might not present during a routine eye exam. Retinal imaging is a painless diagnostic exam that uses a high-resolution camera to take colored pictures of the back of your eye.
Retinal imaging is surgery-free which is a totally safe technique of taking pictures of the back of your eye or retina. It will give your eye doctor the chance to have a closer look at your retina, blood vessels, and optic nerve and know if you have some conditions. These conditions include diabetes, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration. It will also detect severe eye illnesses early and help you protect your vision. The procedure uses low-power lasers to take digital pictures of your retina. The light produced by the lasers goes onto your eye through the pupil. And when the light passes through to the retina, it leaves images that are collected by a machine, creating a detailed picture of the retina. Through these pictures, your eye doctor will check what information your retina is revealing about the health of your eye, body, and brain. And with this, the eye doctor will explain your eye conditions that the pictures show and suggest suitable treatment options.
The good part of retinal imaging is it provides key insights into the state of your vision. It is a fast, painless procedure and typically does not require eye dilation. It will allow your eye doctor to detect vision problems or eye diseases early on before they become more serious issues and potentially cause permanent damage.
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