Digital Retinal Photography
The retinal camera is a low powered microscope that is accompanied with a camera to take highly detailed photos of the central 30 – 50 degrees of retina. This includes the optic nerve and macular area – which are areas of the retina vital to good vision.
The photograph may help to reveal small retinal features such as a tiny hemorrhage that may indicate the presence of an undiagnosed or poorly controlled systemic health problem such as hypertension or diabetes.
With this detailed record, an optometrist can monitor the eyes over time, looking for subtle changes that may indicate potential problems, such as glaucoma. It also helps monitor patients with eye conditions such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, pigment spots – helping to detect small changes that may require different prevention or treatment strategies.