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Retinal Imaging

When taking photographs of people using flash photography, the subject’s eyes often appear red. The red colour is the reflection of the flash from the back of the eye, known as the fundus or retina. Our fundus cameras take an enlarged, high-resolution, digital photograph of this reflection allowing the practitioner to examine the fundus.

The fact that the image is then stable on the computer screen enables a detailed assessment to be made which is almost impossible with the traditional method of close examination of the eye with a bright ophthalmoscope.

The subtle changes that commonly take place are much more accurately examined and as the photograph is digital, any area can be magnified allowing even minute abnormalities to be seen and compared with previous pictures. The advantage of this over historic free hand drawing will be obvious to everyone. Indeed we find it difficult to think that we once relied totally on that method of recalling details.

The photographs are stored in our database, which allows your optometrist to detect or monitor the progression of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic changes, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, and retinal holes or thinning over a period of time. A number of people like to view their pictures and discuss the findings with us at regular intervals.

The fundus camera offers patients extra insurance that the health of their eye is good. It is a procedure we recommend all patients, including children, should have to ensure that there are no unknown problems of the eye. It enables early detection and management of eye problems, and sometimes other problems of the body, instead of waiting until troublesome symptoms occur. It is a method of preventative eye care, one which we believe will become the standard of eye care in the future.

It is a procedure we firmly believe in, and hope that you will too.