Digital Eye Photography
Digital Eye Photography is very quick to perform and it is completely painless and non-invasive. Results are available instantaneously and it is a great way for you to gain a better understanding of what your eyes look like to us.
Digital Eye Photography images the surface of the back of the eye and gives a picture of what the eye looks like in real time - today. The images obtained allow a central view of the inside of the eye, unlike the conventional view obtained though an ophthalmoscope – the ‘torch’ used by optometrists. There is an additional charge for our eye imaging, but the benefits are clear. This compete picture aids diagnosis, sets a baseline against which changes can be compared year on year and gives peace of mind that your eyes are in great condition. In some cases, we track eye-debilitating diseases, such as Macular degeneration, as shown in this Digital Eye Photograph
The Retina, which is the back of the eye, is sensitive to light and it transmits the signals of light received by the eye to the brain. The brain interprets these signals which we know as vision. The most sensitive part of the eye is at the centre of the retina and is called the macula.
Normal testing room equipment allows the optometrist to see inside the eye but now, we can record what your eyes look like and this gives us the opportunity to explain what we see and also allows us to follow any changes that may occur over the years. Diabetics usually have their eyes photographed annually by a retinal grader – but neither the optometrist nor the client gets to see the images. Now we have the ideal way to keep you fully informed and can explain any features about the inside of the eye, as well as immediately track changes should they happen.
In an emergency, the digital images of the retina can be emailed to a doctor or ophthalmologist after your eye test and this will help in speedy diagnosis. Our state of the art retinal cameras can detect early problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other surface ocular disorders. These conditions commonly affect hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and their early detection is beneficial in receiving early treatment.
What sort of things can the camera detect?
All surface eye diseases or defects can be seen in the central retina. For more information on the diseases that our OCT machines can view and track, please read our screening page.
Where can I have an Eye Photograph?
All our branches have digital eye imaging – with OCT at Portsmouth, Fair Oak and Bishops Waltham. Please ask about our Digital Eye Photography and OCT eye imaging service when making your appointment