What Is a Retinal Exam?
At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we are happy to provide retinal exams for certain people who have developed or have a higher potential for certain serious eye conditions, like diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma. With nearly all eye conditions, early detection and identification are key to effective intervention. This is why having regular comprehensive exams is very important. A retinal exam (also called funduscopy or ophthalmoscopy) is performed using a special lens to provide a close-up picture of the back of your eye, which includes the optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels. The test is typically done while the eye is dilated and may be performed as part of a comprehensive eye exam. To schedule an exam, contact our team in Tuscaloosa, AL.
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What Are the Benefits of A Retinal Exam?
If you are at risk for serious eye issues or have experienced them in the past, retinal exams are a crucial part of ensuring future eye health. Benefits of retinal exams performed by the skilled and qualified team at inVision Ophthalmology include:
- Getting a clear view of the retina and the back of the eye
- Multiple tests and methods may be available for a complete picture of the retina
- Updating those at risk for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, or glaucoma on their retinal health
- The exam is usually painless
What to Expect During a Retinal Exam
Prior to performing your retinal exam, we will place drops into your eyes to expand your pupils. Once your eyes are dilated, we will ask you to rest your chin and forehead against a frame to hold your head steady. Your doctor will then utilize an ophthalmoscope, a lighted magnifying tool, to look into the back of your eye. This gives your doctor a close-up view of the retina and the tissues and blood vessels at the back of the eye. Depending on your risk for certain eye diseases, such as glaucoma, sometimes a retinal exam is performed in combination with tonometry and visual field tests. Since your pupils will be dilated for the next few hours, you might have sensitivity to light or slightly blurred vision after your exam. If any signs of disease are detected during your retinal exam, we may recommend scheduling a subsequent appointment for follow-up testing.
Screen for eye diseases
Even if you are not having any vision problems, it's still important to have regular eye exams, especially if you have a family history of eye disease. The expert team at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa performs retinal exams to screen for a variety of diseases and lower the risk of vision loss. If it has been a while since your last eye evaluation, we invite you to schedule a retinal exam in Tuscaloosa, AL. Our practice is in-network with virtually every vision insurance provider.