Retinal Eye Screening Procedure
At Beacon Hospital, patients can undergo eye screening with a sophisticated retinal camera, which provides high definition scans and colour pictures of the retina without pupil dilation. The retinal camera combines Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and fundus camera system. It is a painless test and only takes five minutes.
Retinal eye screening enables early detection of severe or hidden eye conditions that might lead to vision loss. Retinal eye screening can detect eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy (a diabetic eye condition), retinal detachment, macular oedema, retinal hole, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Those who are at higher risk of eye diseases, such as people with hypertension and diabetes, should have their eyes checked annually or more frequently if they have signs and symptoms of eye conditions.
The importance of Retinal Eye Screening Procedure
Early signs of serious health problems can also be detected during your eye screening. These can include high blood pressure as well as the risk of stroke and diabetes.
When eye conditions are caught early, treatments are effective at reducing or preventing damage to your sight.
What to expect during a retinal eye screening?
- An optometrist will take some details of your medical history.
- Your visual acuity and eye fluid pressure (intraocular pressure) is checked.
- A photo of your retina will be taken.
- The results will be explained to you by an experienced optometrist.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
- If you wear prescription glasses, bring these with you to the appointment.