What to Expect from a Retinal Exam
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
When you need a new prescription for glasses or contacts, you know that you can come into our office for a general eye exam. But, did you know that there is a different kind of eye exam that you may need to have done as well? If we detect specific abnormalities with your retina, we may recommend a retinal examination. But what is this exam, and what is it good for? Let’s take a closer look and see.
What Is a Retinal Exam?
Your retina is integral in ensuring that your vision is as clear and healthy as possible. If your doctor suspects that there is something wrong with your retina, he may recommend an exam to check for early signs of things like macular degeneration and retinal detachment.
What Kinds of Testing Is Done?
Depending on what problems that we see, we may recommend a variety of tests including fundus photography, ocular coherence tomography, a visual field test, and more.
The most common test that we typically perform though is the ocular coherence tomography. This type of imaging uses light waves to produce a high-resolution view of the cross-section of the retina and other structures that are in the interior of the eye. Similar to a typical CT scan, we have found that the OCT helps us detect a variety of different eye diseases conditions including:
- Macular Hole
- Macular Swelling
- Optic Nerve Damage
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Macular Pucker
- Diabetic Eye Disease
- Vitreous Hemorrhage
Having a clear, healthy vision is our goal for all of our patients. If we suspect that you may have a more severe eye condition, we may recommend a retinal exam. To learn a little bit more about these exams, contact our Dallas office and call us at (214) 522-2661.
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