Modern technology means that we can use a special camera to take photographs of the inside of your eyes, allowing us to see any abnormalities very easily. Many eye diseases show no obvious visual symptoms until damage has already started. Early detection is the key retaining as much vision as possible.
During your sight test the optician examines your eye with a bright light to look for any problems. By taking a photo we are able to see most of the inside of your eye at once and much more clearly. This helps us to identify any problems and gives a clear indication of the health of your eye that we can refer to in the future to compare how your eyes have changed over time.
The process doesn't hurt at all, there is a bright flash of light as the photograph is taken and the image appears on a computer screen.
You may need to have drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils so we can take a clear picture. Your vision will become temporarily blurred and sensitive to bright light, due to this you would not be safe to drive for at least 4-6 hours after the appointment.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to book a retinal photo.