Digital Retinal Photography is Now at Tatum Eyecare!
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 Detected?
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.
The Best Optometrists in North Phoenix
When you choose Tatum EyeCare for you vision health and fashion needs, you are choosing optometrists in North Phoenix who are invested in our clients and community. We are happy to answer any other questions you have about retinal imaging, or to schedule your appointment with one of our optometrists today. We’ve proudly served the Valley of the Sun for over 20 years. Stop in to view our extensive eyewear collection, and see for yourself how Tatum EyeCare reframes customer service and optical expertise for everyone!