The traditional method of examining the back of the eye involves shining a light into your eye using a hand held instrument which enables us to see only a very small area of the back of the eye at any one time. Asking you to move your eyes in different directions allows us to build a mental image of the whole retina. Notes and small diagrams are then used to record this information.
At the next examination this is repeated and the two descriptions compared. This method has been surprisingly good and has stood us in good stead for many years. So why change? Simply because a photograph gives a better record than a written description. Increased magnification enables features to be viewed on the back of the eye that may not be seen under normal viewing conditions.
At the next examination another photograph can be taken and compared side by side so that much smaller changes can be recognised, which could prove to be invaluable in monitoring the health and condition of your eyes.
As the benefits are considerable it is recommended and available to everyone. This worthwhile service lies outside the NHS so an additional fee will be payable.
We also offer Optomap retinal scanning at our Eastbourne store.