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Digital Retinal Photography

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Our clinic offers high-resolution digital retinal photography. Using a computer integrated digital imaging system we are able to take pictures of the inside of the eye to monitor for any ocular changes. This technology allows us to observe for yearly changes in the retina (tissue lining the inside of the eye) and the optic nerve (cranial nerve that transfers visual information back to the brain). Retinal imaging assists in the detection and management of ocular health issues such as diabetic changes, macular degeneration, hypertensive retinopathy, glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. We recommend all of our patients have this test done, especially with a personal history of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or a family history of glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetes.
When should I start getting photos of my retina taken?
As a child, you are less likely to have annual changes in your retina. However, it is important to get a baseline photo taken to have something to compare against for changes. Once you have your baseline photo taken, bi-annual photos are sufficient if your retina was found to be healthy and within normal limits. Unfortunately, OHIP does not cover this service but it is available for a small nominal fee.
Retinal photos are included in our comprehensive exam fee for adults between the ages of 19-65. Once you reach the age of 65 it is paramount you have these photos taken yearly. As you age, you are at increased risk for retinal changes and ocular disease. Digital retinal photography, as explained, will aid in our management of your ocular health.
I find my photos fascinating; can I get a copy of them?
Yes, we would be happy to e-mail you a copy of your digital retinal photos upon request.
How much do these photos cost?
If you are between the ages of 19 & 65 and pay privately for your eye exam it is included in the comprehensive exam fee. If your eye exams are covered by OHIP because you are under 19 or over 65, you suffer from specific forms of ocular disease or are diabetic, the photos cost $30.
If I have these photos taken does that mean I don’t need to be dilated?
No, unfortunately not. Dilation is still an important aspect of the eye exam. It allows us to see portions of the retina that the retinal photography cannot observe, and gives your doctor a three dimensional view of your optic nerve and retina.
by Dr. Wesdon McCann

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Dr. Wes McCann

Dr. McCann earned his two Bachelor of Science degrees (both with honours) at Western University in London, Ontario, before going on to earn his Bachelor of Vision Science, accelerated MBA, and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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