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Retinal photography

High resolution imaging which enables us to detect changes too small to be seen using traditional methods.
  • Fast
  • Painless
  • Produces immediate results
Retinal photography can allow a more detailed check for glaucoma, diabetes, age related macular degeneration and other conditions.

The traditional method

The traditional method of examining the back of the eye involves shining a light into your eye using a hand held instrument which enables us to see only a very small area of the back of the eye at any one time. Asking you to move your eyes in different directions allows us to build a mental image of the whole retina. Notes and small diagrams are then used to record this information.

At the next examination this is repeated and the two descriptions compared. This method has been surprisingly good and has stood us in good stead for many years. So why change? Simply because a photograph gives a better record than a written description.
Example of a retinoscope being used
Example of retinal photo being taken

The advanced approach

Increased magnification enables features to be viewed on the back of the eye that may not be seen under normal viewing conditions.

At the next examination another photograph can be taken and compared side by side so that much smaller changes can be recognised, which could prove to be invaluable in monitoring the health and condition of your eyes.

Don't forget, if you are a ViP member, retinal photography is free for any dependants, and you as a member will receive the more advanced OCT imaging as standard!

The benefits of retinal photography

  • A permanent and accurate record can be kept of the condition of your eyes
  • Improved detection of early changes by comparing year on year
  • Allows a more refined and accurate referral to a specialist if required
  • Allows you to see what we see, to understand any changes taking place
  • Greatly increased magnification means that changes too small to be seen using traditional methods can be detected
  • Retinal photography can allow a more detailed check for glaucoma, diabetes, age related macular degeneration and other conditions

Retinal photography, Optomap® or OCT

Retinal photography is included on all private and NHS sight tests as required or recommended. We also offer Optomap® retinal scanning¹ which is very similar to retinal photography, but has a much wider field of view, allowing us to see even more of the back of the eye.

We now recommend OCT scanning at all stores which is a more advanced method of retinal imaging. OCT scanning is included for ViP members.

¹Available at Eastbourne store only
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