Digital retinal imaging is performed with a special camera that has an extremely complex set of optics, which can give your doctor a wide field of view photo of the back of your eye, all without having to be dilated. These photos can be invaluable in the detection of retinal pathology as well as aid in monitoring for any changes over the years. Also, it only takes a few seconds to snap 2 photos of each eye.
Our doctors believe that this imaging should be considered standard care for every patient, and it will be done annually unless a waiver is signed. Patients who sign a request to decline this imaging will need to be dilated in order for an internal health assessment to take place. Please know that if you are dilated, it takes roughly 20-40 minutes before your eyes become fully dilated, which is needed for your doctor to assess the internal health of your eyes.
There is a possibility that even with these photos, your doctor may still find a medical reason to dilate your eyes.