January 27, 2014
A Picture (of Your Retina) is Worth a Thousand Words
A Retinal Scan is an Important Part of Your Eye Examination
North Phoenix, AZ - New technology has allowed doctors extraordinary views on the inside of your eyes. Like the old saying, your retina, or the back part of the inside of your eye, is truly a window on your health and well-being and now, doctors are able to see almost the entire retina with clarity and detail as never before.
Dr. Zmyslinski of Zmyslinski Eye & Contact Lens Center in North Phoenix is one eye doctor who sees retinal imaging as an important part of your eye health screening. Retinal imaging takes pictures of the back of your eye, which includes the retina. Types of retinal imaging include color and black-and-white photography in a film or digital format. Sometimes a dye is used to trace blood flow in the retina. This is called a fluorescein angiogram and is not a typical part of your health screening.
“In my office we use the Zeiss Visucam for retinal image. A retinal image helps me to find and treat eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, two very serious disorders that if caught early, can be prevented or prevented from getting worse”, stated Dr. Simon Zmyslinski. “Once I have a baseline image, these retinal scans also help me to see if a disease is getting worse and whether treatment I have prescribed is working.”
Retinal imaging is highly recommended as part of the eye exam if you have diabetes. Diabetes is a cause of diabetic retinopathy, which left untreated, can result in poor vision and even blindness. You should have an annual exam if you have diabetic retinopathy. A retinal scan can help your doctor see if treatment is working.
Your eye doctor may prescribe a retinal scan if your vision is suddenly getting worse. This could be a sign of a serious condition. During the retinal scan your doctor will use drops to widen, or dilate, your pupils. For some tests, your eyes are not dilated.
After your test is completed, your optometrist can usually review the results with you soon after the test.
If your eyes were dilated, your vision may be blurry for several hours. Do not drive for several hours after your eyes have been dilated, unless your doctor tells you it is okay.
You will probably be able to go home or back to your usual activities right away. But if your eyes were dilated, they will be sensitive. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses.