Fundus photography, or a picture of the inside of the eye, is an important part of your comprehensive eye examination.
The camera used is designed to allow high-resolution photography of the retina and the optic nerve. Although the optometrist is able to view these structures of the eye with a microscope and lens during your examination, the purpose of the photo is threefold:
- it serves as documentation (photo-documentation) of the health of the inside of your eye at that specific time, allowing for comparison at future visits
- it helps in the identification and diagnosis of disease and abnormalities involving your retina and optic nerve, like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and changes due to diabetes to name a few
- it allows the optometrist to educate you about your eye health, specifically by showing you any issues visible on the photo.