Retinal imaging is a non-invasive technology that allows your optometrist to see the back of the inside of your eye. This gives them a high-resolution image of the optic nerve, retinal tissue, and even the tiny blood vessels. This enhanced view can provide a wellness baseline for your eyes that your optometrist can compare to future images, alongside helping your doctor pinpoint warning signs of vision-threatening diseases.
Your optometrist may recommend retinal imaging if you are considered “at-risk” or have pre-existing health conditions that can affect your ocular health. They may also recommend retinal imaging if your vision is worsening with no apparent cause as a way to identify the issue.
Typically, your optometrist will use an ophthalmoscope to look at the back of your eye. With retinal imaging, your doctor will have a much wider view of the retina and any early signs of disease that can affect your vision and health.
Using medicated drops, your optometrist will dilate your pupils. They’ll ask you to rest your chin and forehead on the supports and open your eyes as wide as possible. A laser scans your eyes and immediately provides your doctor with digital images.
The entire process takes around 5 minutes, but your vision may be blurry for about 4 hours.
Interestingly, your retina is the only place in the body that a doctor can see the blood vessels without surgical intervention. This means that digital retinal imaging is your first defence against potential health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes, leading to hypertensive retinopathy and diabetic retinopathy, respectively.
The blood vessels in your eye can also pinpoint eye disease signs that can effectively steal your vision. Some of these diseases include:
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Alberta Health Care covers eye exams for children 18 and under and seniors 65 and over for a basic eye exam. Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 are covered for medically necessary visits by Alberta Health Care.