As part of your routine eye exam we always check your retina (at the back of your eye), so this National Eye Health Week we thought you might like to know why this part of the examination is so important.
What Is Retinal Imaging?
Your retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye that receives light and turns it into neural signals to be sent to the brain. As such, it’s essential to your sight. A number of eye conditions can affect the retina and compromise your vision, so examining it is a necessary part of an eye health check.
We use a state-of-the-art digital camera to capture images of your retina. Our optometrist will then analyse the images for signs of any potential problems. They will show you the results and explain exactly what you’re looking at, which many people find interesting. It’s not every day you get to see the back of your eye! Don’t worry – it’s not painful or invasive either. You simply place your chin on the rest, and the camera does all the work from there within a matter of minutes.
Why Is It So Important?
Retinal photography enables us to keep track of any changes to your retina. At each eye exam, we will take pictures to be inspected and then kept in your records for future reference. By comparing recent images with those from your last eye health check, our optometrist will be able to see if there are any changes that could indicate a problem.
Inspecting your retina can flag up a number of eye conditions, including glaucoma, hypertension, macular degeneration and diabetes. In many cases, early detection is essential for successful treatment and prevention of sight loss.
Book Your Eye Exam Now
To have your retina, vision and eye health checked, contact Murray Opticians, Drumchapel, Glasgow to make an appointment. Whether you have concerns about your vision or you’re due a check-up, we’re always here to help!