We have invested in the new Optos® UWF™ retinal imaging device, California. This unique technology will allow our doctors to perform a more thorough exam of your retina than previously possible.
In less than one second, the Optos® California captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time. This allows your doctor to detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.
Early detection means that we can administer retinal treatment sooner, thus reducing possible risk to your vision and overall health.
Your doctor may recommend retinal imaging if you have any signs or symptoms of the following diseases or conditions:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Retina abnormalities
How it works
Retinal imaging takes a digital, high-resolution picture of the back of your eye, enabling us to see the entire retina.
The doctor may dilate your eyes with special drops. This widens your pupils. It will take about 20 minutes for your eyes to be ready for the examination.
Next, you’ll place your chin and forehead on a support to keep your head steady. You’ll open your eyes as wide as possible and stare straight ahead at an object while a laser scans your eyes. The images are uploaded to a computer so your doctor can look at them.
If the doctor thinks you might have wet macular degeneration, you’ll probably have a fluorescein angiogram.
Retinal imaging is a non-invasive and completely safe method of obtaining pictures of the back of the eye.
The test results should be ready immediately, and normally your doctor will talk to you about them before you leave.
Why should I have a retinal scan?
Stroke, diabetes and some cancers can be detected by examination of the retina and in some cases before you experience other symptoms.
How often should I have a retinal scan?
Your doctor is the best person to decide how frequently you should have an eye exam. We typically recommend taking a retinal image of your eyes at each exam.
Do you recommend retinal scans for children?
Yes. Many eye conditions develop in early childhood; therefore, we recommend routine eye exams for children that include taking a retinal image.
Does having a retinal scan require dilation?
In most cases, dilation is not needed; however, there are some cases where your doctor may feel dilation is needed.