People with diabetes must have a comprehensive eye examination every year. Diabetics will have their pupils dilated with drops. Our clinic will photograph the insides of your eyes to look for microscopic evidence of diabetic eye disease. While less than 35% of eye clinics or hospitals can offer this service, studies show that retinal photography is the best way to detect diabetic eye disease and is the best way to monitor change. We will send a report to your family doctor after each diabetic eye examination.
Diabetes: Technology – Retinal Photography
Digital technology enables us to screen for eye disease and to monitor changes to the internal anatomy of your eyes. Our retinal camera documents the detail of the arteries, veins and nerves inside of your eyes. The area analyzed is where most of all sight threatening internal eye diseases occur. Read more in Diabetes Statistics. Taking a retinal photograph is painless and is the best baseline from which we can work from. Our notes are good, but a photo is better.
You should have a retinal photograph if you have:
- A strong glasses prescription
- HIV or AIDS
- Macular Degeneration
- High Blood Pressure
- A history of retinal eye disease
- A history of retinal detachment
- A history of posterior vitreal detachment
- Taking medications known to have ocular side effects