Retinal Scans Allow Doctors to See What is Otherwise Invisible to the Human Eye
Huseman Eye Care Now Offers the Latest in Retinal Scan Technology One of the most important specialized activities of an optometrist is to ensure the health of a patient’s retina. Many important eye diseases as well as systemic diseases can be detected in the health status of the retina. The retina is the part of the eye that controls how we see the world around us. While your eyes may or may not be the “windows on your soul”, your retina can certainly be described as a window on your body’s overall health. With Huseman Eye Care’s new retinal scan technology called Daytona, our eye doctors can now look inside of your retina like never before and detect underlying health problems.
Optometrists perform retinal scans on all patients, to check their general eye health, but this new technology has the power to see much more than what is on the surface. “This newest technology utilizes a laser to focus light giving us insight into the patient’s retina at a very detailed level,” reported Dr. Terry Huseman. “We can see the health of cells and the vascular system of the eye which are strong predictors of current and future diseases, many of which can be caught and treated before significant damage is done.”
The retina also provides evidence of other systemic diseases. “We can see indications or symptoms of high blood pressure or hypertension and diabetes,” stated Dr. Kevin Snodgrass, part of the optometric team at Huseman Eye Care.
While a traditional ophthalmoscope allows the optometrist to see only 10 degrees of the retina at any given time, the new Daytona technology allows us to see almost the entire retina capture a highly detailed image of over 80 degrees of the retina in one picture. Additionally, the high-resolution digital images can be easily stored for later use in the patient’s history. “This provides us with a baseline of a patient’s retinal health and we can refer back to this at other points during their care to see if the retina is deteriorating or maintaining health by referring back to this baseline,” said Dr. Huseman. “Because it produces a high resolution picture, I am also able to show my patient’s exactly what I am seeing so that they can understand their eye’s health or pathology.”
Daytona retinal scan technology is now available at Huseman Eye Care and could be a part of your comprehensive eye examination.