Retinal imaging reveals signs of eye diseases like retinopathy and macular degeneration before you start to experience symptoms. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Steven L. Cahan uses retinal imaging at his practice in Asheville, North Carolina, to observe your eye health and provide the necessary treatments to protect your vision. If you’re due for an eye exam, call or schedule your appointment online today.
Retinal imaging is a diagnostic tool that provides a digital image of your retina. Located at the back of your eye, your retina is the area where light and images hit and are sent to your brain via the optic nerve. Damage to your retina can be irreversible and if conditions like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or macular degeneration are left untreated, they can lead to retina damage and blindness.
Retinal imaging is a quick and painless test. Dr. Cahan uses it in combination with other tools like an ophthalmoscope to develop a comprehensive understanding of your eye health.
Dr. Cahan puts drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils. You sit in a darkened room and rest your chin on a support to keep your face still. You open your eyes and stare at an object while a digital image of the back of your eye is created. The image is uploaded to a computer so Dr. Cahan can study it in detail.
Dr. Cahan uses retinal imaging to check for retinal damage and signs of eye diseases such as:
Retinal imaging helps Dr. Cahan evaluate your eye health. If you have a very strong prescription for either nearsightedness or farsightedness, the images can indicate whether this condition has affected your retina.
Similarly, general health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes can damage your retina by affecting the pressure in the blood vessels in your eyes.
Also, if you have a risk of developing eye conditions like macular degeneration or glaucoma, retinal imaging helps Dr. Cahan monitor your eye health and start treatments to reduce your risk of blindness.
Call or schedule an appointment online today with Dr. Cahan’s office.