What Is The Retina, And Why Is It Important?
Light has to travel through the eye before it reaches the retina. The retina is a clear, light-sensitive covering that lines the inside of the eye. One might think of it as the “film inside a camera” that takes the images you see and sends them along the optic nerve to the brain, where the “pictures” you see are interpreted as vision. Prompt detection of disease in the retina is important to begin treatment, stop its progress and/or avoid permanent damage to your vision.
Diagnosing Retina Conditions
A healthy retina is essential to maintaining clear vision and overall eye functioning. A diagnostic retinal exam may be recommended if any potential retinal abnormalities are detected during a general eye exam. Patients at a higher risk for developing retinal conditions may also be recommended for examination.
During a retinal exam and consultation, your doctor will perform a series of diagnostic procedures in order to evaluate the retina for any signs of disease or abnormality. These tests may include a visual field test, fluorescein angiography, fundus photography and more.
At North Toronto Eye Specialists, our most precise, detailed retinal results are produced by the Cirrus OCT system. Cirrus Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an advanced testing system that allows your doctor to clearly see the inside of the eye to detect and treat a variety of conditions before they progress.
A detailed image of the eye is created with this system in order to visualize the thickness of the retina, macula and optic nerve and accurately detect any potential retinal problems in their earliest stages.
Our office is now equipped with a Diode Retinal Laser, allowing our doctors to perform the most advanced and effective laser procedures as needed.
Laser procedures provide quick, painless treatment for many different retinal conditions, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
These procedures can now be performed directly in the office during your regular appointment, eliminating the hassle of other treatments.