Our team at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry is always looking for better ways to examine your eyes and catch any troubling signs early. We believe in giving you all the information you need to make the best decisions for your eye care, and part of that is making sure you understand the methods we use to identify possible issues. One of the technologies that commonly used in the world of optometry is called retinal imaging. In this article, we’ll go over more about what retinal imaging is and how it improves your care.
Retinal imaging is a technique that uses high-resolution image capturing technology to take pictures of the inside of your eyes. These pictures allow our team at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to get an up-close look at the important structures in your eyes, such as the retina itself, which is where light and images enter; the retinal disk, where the optic nerve connects from your eyes to your brain; and the blood vessels that keep your eyes supplied with oxygen. Monitoring changes in these areas is an important part of identifying diseases like diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. These images also provide a clear record of how your eyes develop over the years, which is invaluable for diagnosis and treatment.
We at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry hope that this information has been helpful. If you have further questions about retinal imaging or any part of your eye care plan, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
It has often been said that our eyes are a window to our soul and that we cannot hide what we are deep inside from those who can read it in our eyes. While this could be just fanciful thinking, what is completely true is that our eyes are a window to things that can be going on with our health. Retinal imaging is a modern high-resolution imaging system that takes pictures of the inside of your eyes. This allows an optometrist to gauge how healthy your eyes are and can also provide an indication of certain other health concerns.
As far as your eye health, retinal imaging is ideal for diagnosing such conditions as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cancer of the retina and retinal detachment. Early detection of these conditions is critical to avoiding permanent and irreversible vision loss.
In addition to eye health, retinal imaging is also useful for finding other health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. With diabetes, the disease can cause changes in the blood vessels of the retina, which shows up with retinal imaging. Hypertension (high blood pressure) often first presents itself in the eye before any other symptoms. With retinal imaging, certain indicators (including narrowed blood vessels, retinal spots and bleeding in the back part of your eye) alert you that you may have hypertension.
Retinal imaging is an important part of a routine eye exam, and if completed each year, it will provide a historical record of any changes in your eyes, so your optometrist can watch for even the least amount of change going on.
If you would like to know more about retinal imaging or would like to schedule an eye exam, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. We proudly serve the Newmarket, ON area with the best in eye care. We treat your family like our family!