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There are two types of Retinal Imaging available:

  • Retinal Photography
  • OCT


Digital retinal photography uses high-resolution imaging technology to take pictures of the inside of your eyes.

It is a simple, painless procedure that can aid in the detection and management of potential sight threatening diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension and macular degeneration. Finding retinal disorders as an early stage is critical to prevent serious eye disease and even vision loss.

If required, our Optometrists will suggest taking a digital photograph of the back of your eye (retina). This photo documents the current state of your retina, optic nerve and blood vessels. This image, if compared with previous images, will show any subtle changes in appearance which can allow for the early detection of diseases.

How does it work?

For most patients, imaging is very simple and only involves patients to sit still and look inside the instrument and involves a quick camera flash. If you have very small pupils you may need a dilating eye drop to enlarge the pupils sufficiently for imaging purposes.


WHAT IS AN OCT?undefined

Short for Optical Coherence Tomorgraphy(OCT) , is a medical imaging instrument used to assess ocular structures. It takes a detailed 3D image below the surface of your retina to give a detailed picture to the health of your eyes.  It works similar to an ultrasound but uses infrared light instead of soundwaves to penetrate through.  OCT allows the Optometrist to see the eye in greater detail and helps in diagnosing and monitoring eyes diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

How does it work?

It is a very simple process. You will be asked to look into the machine as instructed by the Optometrist. Once they have a good image they will ask you to sit back. There are no flashes or contact with your eyes. If you have very small pupils you may need a dilating eye drop to enlarge the pupils sufficiently for imaging purposes.



Digital Retinal Imaging is recommended for patients with:

  • Diabetes
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Other retinal disorders
  • Reduced vision
  • Latients over 40 years of age
  • Any unusual ocular findings

or anyone with a family history of the above.

In addition to early detection, retinal images also provide a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes and help monitor your health.

Retinal images also make it easier for our Optometrists to educate you about your health and wellness. We can review your images together and can point out the various structures of the retina and explain treatment options for any conditions revealed by the pictures. The more you know about eye diseases, the more likely you will understand the recommendations for treatment and prevention.



Please speak to our team regarding health fund rebates to Retinal Imaging fee.