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The function of the eye’s retina can be compared to film in a camera – it sends light rays and raw sensory information to the brain via the optic nerve. These electric signals are then translated into vibrant and colorful images, or what we call “sight.”

The digital retinal camera captures a high resolution coloured image of the inside of your eye, also known as your retina. The retinal photograph shows detailed images of the various structures of the inner eye, including the optic nerve, blood vessels, nerve fiber layer, and macula.  It can show  abnormalities that may threaten normal vision such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as many others.

This technology can greatly aid your doctor’s ability to accurately diagnose and document many diseases.  It also provides a baseline for comparison with future visits, further assisting the doctor in monitoring disease progression, or improvements in response to therapy.

Retinal photography is available at both of our offices in Hamilton and Burlington.  The image is stored electronically as part of your personal file and can be  retrieved at any time or emailed to the patient or another doctor for quick  review.

Did you know…?

  • Periodic retinal imaging allows even subtle changes to be closely observed so that diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes can be detected earlier.
  • Diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol can also affect the inside of your eye, and can be documented with a retinal photo.
  • Having your retinal image taken is much like having a regular photo taken. Nothing touches your eye, a flash occurs, and a photo is taken in less than a second.
  • The test can be safely performed on pregnant women and children five years and up.

Who should have their retinal photo taken?

  • Any patient with diabetes.
  • Any patient with blood pressure, cholesterol, or both.
  • Any patient with macular degeneration or a family history of macular degeneration.
  • Any patient with glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma.
  • Any patient with other disorders of the retina, or a family history of retinal problems.
  • Any patient with a healthy retina, to obtain a baseline reading for the purpose of future reference.

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