At Pilgrim Optical we can take pictures of the back of your eyes which help us to monitor the health of your eyes and pick up early signs of eye disease. This is a quick and painless exercise that can be done during your normal eye examination. It allows the optometrist to store a permanent static digital image of the back of each eye.
The photographs show the main structures of the back of the eye including the optic nerve, the retinal arteries/veins and the maculae (central vision area). This is very helpful with diagnosing and monitoring a number of eye conditions including diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma. It also can be used to pick up rarer conditions such as leukaemia.
At your appointment we will talk you through your photographs and explain the findings. We will then keep the photographs on record so we can refer back to them next time we see you.
Retinal photography is included as part of the private eye examination. It is not funded by the NHS so there is a £10 charge for people eligible for the NHS eye test.