At Spectacle Warehouse we routinely take pictures of the back of the eye. These pictures are necessary to document the health of the optic nerve, vitreous, macula, retina and it’s blood vessels. The photographs are used for documentation and often to diagnose certain eye conditions.
The main benefit of taking fundus photos (back of the eye), is the accurate record it provides for comparison at your next visit. It provides the baseline to detect the subtlest changes, which could have been caused by disease.
Because fundus photography is a highly specialised form of medical imaging, it can’t be done with an ordinary camera. It requires a customized camera that is mounted to a microscope with intricate lenses and mirrors. These high-powered lenses are designed so the photographer can visualize the back of the eye by focusing light through the cornea, pupil and lens.
Retinal changes can be caused by raised blood pressure, diabetes, infections, raised intra-ocular pressure (glaucoma), tumours and more. Fundus photography can play a very significant role in the early detection and management of these conditions.