Retinal Photography

May 1st, 2017

Retinal Photography Offers a Better View and Early Detection

Retinal Photography is the creation of a photograph of the interior surface of the eye, including the retina, optic nerve and macula. As one of the newest innovations in the eye health care industry, retinal photographs help optometrists, ophthalmologists and other trained medical professionals in the diagnosis of a disease as well as monitoring disease progression. Some of these eye health diseases include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal tears or detachments, occlusion, even diabetes and high blood pressure.

Digital retinal imaging uses high-resolution imaging systems to take pictures of the inside of your eye. This helps doctors assess the health of your retina and helps them to detect and manage the aforementioned eye and health conditions. Finding retinal disorders as early as possible is critical to potentially preventing serious disease progression and even vision loss.

In addition to helping detect diseases early, retinal images provide a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes and help monitor your health.

Retinal images also make it easier for your doctor to educate you about your health and wellness

The two of you can review your images together, and as a result, your doctor can point out the various structures of the retina and explain treatment options for any conditions revealed by the pictures. The more you know about eye diseases, the more likely you will understand and follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment and prevention.

For diagnostic and preventative purposes, our vision care specialists strongly recommend all patients receive a retinal photograph. A retinal photograph  is especially important for anyone who has pre-existing medical issues, or eyesight issues that require a strong focal prescription (there is a $20 charge for digital retinal photography, but most insurance companies pay this extra amount for you if ). The retinal photos at TATUM EYECARE are taken with the Daytona Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging System made by Optos. Consquently, this particular camera allows for a wide 200° image of the retina while most retinal cameras take a 45° image.


Be sure to select YES for the retinal image at your next eye exam!