What is Digital Retinal Photography?
Digital Retinal Photography is new technology that represents the latest in eye disease detection. It allows us to more thoroughly evaluate your retina, the sensitive tissue in your eye that is responsible for vision. The retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases, which can lead to vision loss.
Why do I need this test?
Digital Retinal Photography gives us a more comprehensive way of viewing your eyes than was previously available and it allows us to perform a more thorough exam. As it adds to our ability to evaluate the health of your eyes, it is especially important if you have headaches, spots or flashes, a family history of glaucoma, diabetes or macular degeneration, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or arthritis.
What things do you see?
The eye is the only place in the body where you can see blood vessels while they are working! Digital Retinal Photography enables us to not only detect eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma, but also to look for signs of systemic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
Is it covered by insurance?
While insurance plans provide basic vision or eye health coverage, they do not currently include this advanced diagnostic testing. However, if your doctor determines digital retinal photographs are medically necessary, we will file this service through your medical insurance carrier.