Digital retinal imaging offers more detailed views of the retina and a better chance of detecting diseases of the eye. Early eye disease detection can ensure that the proper treatment is put in place to hinder disease progression, or cure it all together. Consistently tracking anomalies in the eye with high-resolution retinal imaging can lead to early detection of the following diseases:
Retinal imaging can reveal signs and symptoms of glaucoma, such as damage to the optic nerve caused by excess pressure or increased pressure on blood vessels in this area. Early detection of glaucoma is crucial, as it can often lead to permanent vision loss for the patient. Coburn’s SK-650A Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera includes red-free imaging, which gives a clear comparison of nerve fiber layers to better assist in the diagnosis of glaucoma.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
The use of retinal imaging exposes the concerning symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, including fluid leakage or bleeding in the rear of the eye. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the primary culprits in vision loss for patients over age 50. Adding retinal imaging to a patient’s eye exam at this age threshold could be the difference between being adequately treated and being oblivious to serious concerns.
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment to prevent permanent vision loss. When you use digital retinal imaging on patients who are exhibiting symptoms of this condition, such as seeing flashes of light or floaters, you can quickly find evidence that the retina has become detached.
The use of retinal imaging on patients with diabetes helps detect early signs of damage to the retina due to this disease. This technology provides detailed images of the retina, which allows ophthalmologists to check for abnormal changes, such as the formation of new blood vessels or leakage in this part of the eye. Retinal imaging might also show swelling, another common sign of this disease.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can go undiagnosed and untreated for months or years, putting the patient at risk for heart problems or stroke. Veins and arteries of the eye are important to observe, especially because they are the only veins and arteries in the body that can be inspected without making an incision. Monitoring these veins and arteries in the eye can quickly indicate if your patient has high blood pressure.
Classic signs of high blood pressure are the patient’s blood vessels becoming narrower, bleeding in the rear of the eye, or retinal spots. Finding signs of this disease early helps ensure that patients get the treatment they need to manage it and decrease the risk of complications.
Retinal imaging can significantly increase patients’ chances of successfully treating certain types of cancer. High-resolution images of the retina can reveal early signs of cancer in the eye, such as dark spots that indicate a melanoma. When these symptoms are noticed early, patients can undergo diagnostic testing and seek treatment promptly to prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
The longer it takes to find and diagnose signs of cancer, the more difficult it becomes to treat, especially if it enters the bloodstream.
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