Retinal Photography

May 1st, 2017

Digital Retinal Photography is Here!

Digital Retinal Photography is a very effective way to 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, digital retinal photography helps optometrists, ophthalmologists and other trained medical professionals diagnose eye disorders and diseases, as well as monitor disease progression with greater accuracy than ever before.

Being one of the newer kids on the block, digital retinal photography is lauded by some people, while other people remain skeptical. At Tatum EyeCare, we understand digital retinal photography is a smart choice for diagnostic and preventative purposes regardless of any existing eye disorders and diseases you have, or that you might knowingly be at risk for. Why do we feel this way? Well, if you keep reading we will tell you!

What Eye Disorders and Diseases Are Covered?

Some of the eye disorders and diseases digital retinal imaging can detect include:
*Macular Degeneration



*Retinal Tears or Detachments


*Even Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
The pictures we take help us assess the health of your retina, and help us to detect and manage the aforementioned eye disorders and diseases. Finding retinal disorders as early as possible is critical for preventing serious disease progression and even vision loss.

In addition to helping detect eye disorders and diseases early, digital retinal photography provides a permanent historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes that may adversely affect your health.

Digital Retinal Imaging  vs Dilation

There is still some debate about Digital Retinal Imaging vs Dilation. Let’s take a moment to discuss the benefits of digital retinal imaging vs. dilation. Some of them include:
*Expediency. It takes us seconds to take a retinal image vs 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the dilation process

*Comfort. Taking a retinal image is painless vs dilation, which is notoriously uncomfortable and has effects lasting several hours after the drops are placed in each eye

*Coverage. This is one of the biggest benefits of digital retinal imaging vs dilation. Dilation only lets us see about 15% of your eye, while digital retinal photography increases that to 95%!
As you can see, the digital retinal imaging vs dilation debate is not really a debate at all!

Is Taking a Retina Image Safe?

Yes it is. Taking a retina image is very safe. In fact, the only potential complaints we ever get when we take a retinal image are about the technology itself…. as patients have to lean in and keep their eyes close to the imaging machine for about 30 seconds. Contrast this with eye drops that irritate your senses while blurring your vision for hours, and a retina image seems like the much better choice of the two options!

A Digital Retinal Scan Educates Everyone

Finally, a digital retinal scan provides us with a host of images we can review together with you. As a result, we can point out the various structures of the retina and explain treatment options for any conditions revealed by the pictures. We believe the more you know about eye disorders and diseases, the more likely you will be to understand and follow an eye doctor’s recommendations for treatment and prevention. in this way, a digital retinal scan is an educative tool we can explore together that will help increase your education, awareness and active investment in the longevity of your healthy sense of sight.

North Phoenix Eye Care Specialists

Since 1998, Tatum EyeCare has been the North Phoenix eye care specialists families, friends and people of all backgrounds and walks-of-life trust with their vision health. As times and technology change, we vow to continue to change too in order to continually provide you with the most effective tools for detecting eye disorders and diseases…. including a digital retinal scan.

For diagnostic and preventative purposes, we strongly recommend all patients receive a retinal image scan. This 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. We use the Daytona Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging System made by Optos at our state-of-the-art North Phoenix eye care office. This particular camera allows for a wide 200° image of the retina, while most retinal cameras take a 45° image.

If you are interested in digital retinal imaging for your next eye exam, or as a preventive or diagnostic measure at any time, we welcome you to visit our North Phoenix eye care office to learn more, or to contact us with any questions you might have!
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