A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… and These Words are All About Your Eye
If you are headed to see your Akron optometrist soon, be prepared to have your picture taken. No need to dress up, these photographs are of your eye. Our Lenscrafters eye doctor in Akron, OH now has sophisticated cameras called fundus or retinal cameras that can photograph various regions of the inside and surface of your eye including your retina and optic nerve.
“Photographs taken in the optometrist’s office have improved diagnosis for many reasons,” stated Dr. Ty Miller who optometry practice is located in the LensCrafters in Chapel Hill Mall in Akron. “Pictures allow us to study the eye under very high resolution because they can be captured digitally and stored on the computer. We can also look at changes to a patient’s eye over time and see if an issue is progressing, stabilizing or improving.”
A fundus photograph is usually taken through a dilated pupil in order to enhance the quality of the photograph. Fundus photography is used in the detection of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or to identify glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and other central nervous system abnormalities.
“The camera is certainly an important piece of equipment,” reported Dr. Miller, “but just as important is the software used to capture, interpret and store the image.” Dr. Miller uses a camera manufactured by Topcon, a leading eye equipment manufacturer.
Once your pupil is dilated, it is used as both an entrance and exit for the fundus camera's light rays. Patients sit at the fundus camera with their chin in a chin rest and their forehead against the bar. A technician focuses and aligns the fundus camera. There is no pain and no discomfort associated with the procedure and the information retrieved in this diagnostic process is invaluable.