Digital Retinal Screening is an improved technology which allows Dr. Carlson to take high-resolution digital photographs of the interior portion of your eye called the retina.
The color photograph, taken by means of a specialized retinal camera, shows detailed images of the various structures of the retina including the optic nerve, blood vessels, nerve fiber layer, and the macula. It can show abnormalities that may threaten normal vision.
Although insurance companies may not cover the cost of the screening, this new technology can aid Dr. Carlson in accurately diagnosing and documenting many diseases. It also provides a baseline for comparison with previous and future visits, which aids in monitoring disease progression and response to therapy. The screening is optional and the cost is $15.
Some of the advantages of Digital Retinal Screening:
- Your images are available immediately, allowing for quick diagnosis and an appropriate management for your unique case.
- The images can be enhanced using sophisticated software to highlight any problem areas. This helps Dr. Carlson with diagnostic decisions.
- Dr. Carlson can show you your images at the time of your screening so you can make the most informed decision on your own management. Specialized software can help a family member understand in what way your vision may be affected and how you see your world.
- Digital photographs can be sent electronically to a co-managing doctor, if appropriate, allowing for more timely diagnosis & treatment.
- Digital photographs can be placed in your permanent clinical record, allowing Dr. Carlson to closely monitor even the slightest progression of any abnormalities.