Early Detection of Eye Detrimental Conditions

Retinal photography is extremely important in monitoring the evolution of a patient's eye health. As well as detecting eye conditions early, they provide historical data and comparison reports for each visit to the Opticians.

What diseases and eye conditions can retinal imaging detect?

Age-related Macular Degeneration – the gradual deterioration of eye health due to ageing. This is a common eye condition that occurs in the majority of the population over a certain age.

Cancer – also known as melanoma, cancer of the eye can be detected early using retinal imaging, allowing early treatment to prevent spreading to other areas of the body. Without retinal imaging, this cancer can develop unnoticed.

Diabetic Retinopathy – diabetes can cause severe damage to the blood vessels of the eye. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can be minor to begin with and have the ability to progress over time. Symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Impaired coloured vision
  • Dark or empty areas in vision
  • Complete vision loss

Glaucoma – Glaucoma is caused by pressure on the optic nerve and overall compression of blood vessels. This condition causes permanent loss of areas of a person's field of vision.

High Blood Pressure – Doctors are often able to diagnose patients with high blood pressure by examining the eye. Signs include spots on the retina and bleeding in the back of the eye.

Detachment of the Retina – Retinas can detach from the back of the inside of your eye. If treated quickly and effectively, loss of vision can be reduced and sight restored. If you experience any symptoms, it is strongly advised that an appointment is made within 24 hours. Symptoms include:

  • Floaters
  • Flashing lights
  • A dark shadow in the patient's vision
  • Blurred vision

Our skilled team are always on hand to provide expert advice about eye health. Get in touch today if you have any questions – we'd be happy to help.