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Brantford Eye Care pachymeterRetina Exam

The function of the eye’s retina can be compared to film in a camera – it sends light rays and raw sensory information to the brain via the optic nerve. These electric signals are then translated into vibrant and colorful images, or what we call “sight.”

The retinal membrane covers the inside of the back of the eye. In it are light-sensitive nerve cells called rods, and cones, which discern both light and color. Damage or disease in the retina can lead to impaired vision and in some cases, blindness.

Although your primary eye doctor can detect signs of retina disorders, most people are referred to a retina specialist. These doctors are specially trained to test for and treat retinal disease or injury. Early detection is critical because it can be difficult to repair the retina once it has been damaged.

What to Expectretina testing in Brantford

First your retina specialist will take your medical history and create your patient record. It is a good idea to bring a list of any medications you are currently taking. You should also bring a pair of sunglasses, since you will have your eyes dilated. We also recommend that you have someone drive you to your appointment, because the pupil dilation will make it hard for you to focus and affect your ability to drive.

During the actual exam, your doctor will conduct a few different tests. The length of the appointment is typically 2-3 hours. Some of the diagnostic tests performed include the following:

After the Exam

Following your retina exam, your doctor will discuss the results with you. He or she will determine if further testing is necessary, or if a diagnosis has been established. After explaining your treatment options, your doctor will address any questions you may have and make recommendations for future care.

Early detection and comprehensive care are vital to your optical health, and we are dedicated to providing both for our patients. If you live in or around Brantford please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions about your retina exam.

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