Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why is retina imaging so important?
A: Retina imaging provides a foundation for future eye care and improve’s your eye doctor’s ability to detect diseases.
Q: WIll I have to have my eyes dilated?
A: Taking the pictures doesn’t require dilation, but all patients will be dilated to check the peripheral retina for diseases (the area of the eye the camera does not photograph).
Q: Will I be okay to drive after the exam?
A: YES! Dilation affects near vision for about 1 hour and makes your eyes more sensitive to the lights since the pupils are larger. We will give you a pair of disposable sunglasses to make your drive home a little easier.
Q: How long does it take to get retina photos?
A: It takes less than a minute.
Q: Does the retina image replace a doctor’s exam?
A: NO! Imaging can pick up subtle abnormalities the doctor can miss if the patient is unable to sit for a standard dilated exam.
Q: Will the exam hurt or make me feel uncomfortable?
A: NO! This exam is quick, relaxed, and designed for your comfort.
Q: How often should this exam be done?
A: It is recommended that a retinal image be taken annually in order to detect any changes in your health.
The Clear Chart is a digital chart which allows the doctor to change the letters easily and quickly in order to determine at what level a patient can accurately see.