What Is a Retinal Exam?
Our team at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham is pleased to perform retinal exams for patients with unique eye care needs and may be more susceptible to certain conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration. When it comes to managing any eye condition, early detection is often the most reliable way to treat the issue, which is why receiving regular eye exams is crucial for your total health. Also called a funduscopy, a retinal exam is conducted utilizing a special lens to give our professionals a close-up view of the back part of your eye. This diagnostic is usually done while the eye is dilated and can be included in a yearly eye exam to ensure that you have no underlying issues. If you want to schedule an exam, reach out to our office in Birmingham, AL.
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What Are the Benefits of A Retinal Exam?
A retinal exam is a crucial diagnostic tool for those who have or may be at risk for several eye disorders or conditions. Potential benefits of a funduscopy performed at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham include:
- Diagnosis and/or updates on certain eye conditions and their development
- Enabling accurate and effective treatment methods
- Preventing vision loss and deterioration
- Monitoring retinal health
- A variety of tests can be conducted
- Tests are typically painless and results are known quickly
What to Expect During a Retinal Exam
Before performing your retinal exam, we will administer drops into the eyes to dilate your pupils. When your pupils have dilated, you will rest your forehead and chin against our advanced diagnostic device to keep yourself steady. One of our highly trained eye doctors will then use a tiny flashlight to get a clear look at the structures in the back of your eye. If you have your eyes dilated, you can expect to have light sensitivity or slightly blurred vision following your retinal exam. If our team notices anything of concern during your assessment, we may schedule a follow-up to see you for more testing.
comprehensive eye health screenings
It's important to keep up with your yearly eye examinations, even if you haven't noticed any abnormal symptoms or changes with your eyes. Our highly experienced ophthalmologist and optometrists perform retinal exams to screen for a number of diseases and to minimize your risks of developing vision loss. Contact inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham in Birmingham, AL to schedule your consultation and set up a comprehensive eye exam.