Eye care providers like Perception Eyecare + Eyewear have retinal imaging as part of their comprehensive services. It works by taking images of the back of the eye, which is where the retina, optic disk and a layer of blood vessels are located. It is an efficient way to detect anomalies indicating eye-related diseases like the following:
1. Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Retinal imaging can expose symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, including fluid leakage. It is characterized by a blur near the central vision, which is caused by the accumulation of yellow deposits under the macula called drusen. The macula becomes thin and dry as a result, losing its function to maintain central vision. People aged 50 years or older are likely to have this condition, which is why early detection through retinal imaging is imperative.
Retinal imaging can also be used to detect signs of damage to the optic nerve, which is indicative of glaucoma. The inability of the eyes’ trabecular meshwork—the angle between your iris and cornea—to drain fluids can lead to intraocular pressure (IOP). This results in the thinning of the nerve fibers that connect the eye to the brain. If not detected early, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss.
3. Diabetic Retinopathy
A complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is a condition characterized by the swelling and leaking of the eyes’ blood vessels. As the disease progresses, new but fragile blood vessels start to grow in that area of the eye to compensate for the lack of nutrients and oxygen supply..These, however, break and form scar tissue, impairing visual processes. Retinal imaging can help detect any of these changes, allowing eye doctors to manage the condition through medication or emphasize the need to implement lifestyle changes.
Ensure optimal eye health by scheduling routine eye exams with Perception Eyecare + Eyewear. We offer a wide range of eye care services, from comprehensive eye exams to retinal imaging. Give us a call at (972) 250-0700 or fill out our contact form for an appointment.