Advantages of Digital Retinal Screening
1. Images of your retinal screening are available immediately, allowing for a quick diagnosis. You will be able to work with us to find appropriate management for your specific case.
2. We can enhance the images with our sophisticated software, highlighting any problem areas. This will help with overall diagnostic decisions we will make.
3. You are able to make a more informed decision at the time of your screening with the images readily available. Our specialized software can help your family members understand in what way your vision is affected and how you see your world.
4. We can prepare digital photographs and send them electronically to a co-managing doctor if needed. This allows for more timely diagnosis and treatment.
5. Your digital photographs can also be collected and placed in your permanent clinical record. This will allow us to more closely monitor even the smallest progression of any abnormalities.
Who Should Consider a Digital Retinal Screening?
Diabetic patients are at a high risk for developing a variety of eye diseases from cataracts to diabetic retinopathy which is one of the leading causes of blindness. Early detection and quick treatment are important to preventing vision loss. It is vital that diabetic patients have regular photographs taken of their eyes. Retinal screening can allow us to diagnose diabetic eye diseases and check progression. It is also not unlikely that diabetes is first discovered as a result of retinal screening.
Glaucoma causes progressive damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual messages to the brain and when glaucoma strikes it can result in gradual vision loss in the peripheral or side portion of your visual field. Most people show no symptoms or warning signs until the disease has advanced too far for repair. However with retinal screenings, it can help you detect glaucoma earlier by noting any changes in your optic nerve.
Patients with Macular Degeneration
Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can breakdown the part of the retina that provides you with sharp, central vision. Although a majority of people with macular degeneration have the dry form of the disease, if not detected early it can eventually progress into the wet form which can cause severe vision loss in the centre of your visual field and bleeding of the eyes. AMD patients can benefit from regular retinal photographs, allowing us to monitor your diseases’ progression.
For adults and children with healthy eyes, regular retinal screenings can be beneficial. Understanding your eye when it is healthy can be the best way to detect a disease when it appears. We can compare your healthy photographs with future photos in order to diagnose any issues or changes.
Patients with Other Retinal Diseases & Disorders
Any retinal disease is cause enough for regular retinal screenings. Along with the severity of your disease and the history of it in your family, the screenings will allow us to recommend the best course of treatment.