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The Importance of Eye Wellness Screenings


Did you know that not all eye exams are the same?

Eye wellness screenings utilize a high definition scan of the retina that reveals ocular anatomy beneath the surface of the eye, in full color. These exams allow your eye doctor to diagnose and treat sight-threatening eye diseases early on, before they cause significant vision loss and when treatment is often the most effective.

Eye Wellness Screening Exams

Most retinal diseases do not show any obvious symptoms until it is too late and eye damage has already occurred. Eye wellness screenings utilize innovative technologies to provide an in-depth view of the retina, the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at.

Retinal exams enable your eye doctor to identify serious underlying eye diseases, including:

  • Retinal diseases
  • Macular eye diseases
  • Glaucoma
  • Brain/Eye tumors
  • Diabetic retinal damage
  • Eye damage caused by strokes, high blood pressure, and other systemic conditions

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

An Optical Coherence Tomography scan, also called an OCT scan, is the latest advancement in imaging technology. It is a painless, non-invasive test that provides your eye doctor with 3D color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. .

These scans use light to attain a high-resolution picture of the structural layers of the back of the eye. The scanning laser, which uses light without any radiation, is used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease. The OCT scan can provide an early diagnosis for conditions including, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Ultra-Wide Field Retinal Imaging (UWF)

UWF technology creates digital images of the retina; however the image is a wider view than traditional retinal images. This scan captures up to 200 degrees or 80% of the retina. These images are taken in seconds and typically without eye drops or dilation of the pupil that are used in traditional retinal exams.

The UWF retinal exam produces an image that is as unique as your fingerprint and provides your eye doctor with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. During the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The UWF image is shown immediately on a computer screen so your eye doctor can review it with you during your visit.

With any retinal exam, the detailed images help with early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as glaucoma, dry and wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment.

To screen for underlying eye diseases, schedule a retinal eye exam StylEyes in West Des Moines, today!