A retinal image is a digital picture taken of your retina, which is the light-sensing tissue that lines the inside of your eye. A healthy retina is absolutely essential for maintaining normal vision. A retinal image gives Dr. Venn and Dr. Hannington another way to examine your eyes. The more information she has, the better a job she can do at keeping your eyes healthy.
The practice of optometry is changing with the use of newer and more advanced technologies to diagnose and monitor the health of the eye. Your images enable Dr. Venn and Dr. Hannington to detect even subtle changes in your retina and optic nerve. Each time you have an examination, these images are evaluated and by comparing to prior images she can detect small changes in the retina or optic nerve at the earliest possible point. This is extremely important in the detection of common and devastating eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and melanoma cancer. Retinal photographs are also crucial to accurately document the size and degree of any unusual findings in your eye such as retinal nevi and spots caused by macular degeneration.