Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD -  - Optometrist

Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.

Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Burbank, CA

Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans Specialist

At Burbank Optometric Center, Dr. Nishida uses state-of-the-art techniques like digital retinal imaging and OCT scans to diagnose serious eye diseases and conditions in her patients from the Burbank, CA, area.

Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans Q&A

by Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

What is digital retinal imaging?

Digital retinal imaging is a technique that uses a high-resolution digital system to evaluate the inside of your eye, taking detailed photographs of your retina – the light-sensitive back portion of your eye – so it can be carefully evaluated. Digital retinal imaging can be used to help detect and diagnose diseases of the retina as well as aid in management and treatment of those diseases. Digital retinal imaging is noninvasive and can be a critical tool in diagnosing many diseases of the retina.

What is OCT?

OCT stands for optical coherence tomography, and it's a simple test that uses light waves to take cross-sectional images of your retina so each layer can be carefully assessed for disease. By mapping the thickness of the retinal layers and evaluating each layer, diseases can be spotted int heir earliest stages when treatment can be most effective. To perform OCT, your pupils will be dilated with special eye drops and you'll sit in front of a machine, resting your head on a support to help keep it still while the OCT scanner scans the retina without touching your eye. Most scanning procedures take about 10 minutes to perform. Your eyes may be sensitive to light for several hours after your exam and you may also have problems focusing on close-up objects until the effects of the dilation wear off.

What kinds of problems can digital retinal imaging and OCT diagnose?

Both techniques can be used to evaluate an array of retinal disorders and diseases, including:

  • diabetic retinopathy

  • age-related macular degeneration

  • tumors

  • glaucoma

  • retinal detachment

  • high blood pressure and increased intraocular pressure

Both techniques are noninvasive, meaning the devices used during the imaging exams do not touch your eye in any way.


The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.

Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed


Words from our patients

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    "I have to say, I had a great experience here. Service was very prompt. The doctor was patient, thorough, knowledgeable and friendly. Good people here!"

    Andrew W.
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    "I love this place. I've been coming here for years. I would recommend Dr. Nishida to any of my friends."

    Mel H.
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    "Dr. Nishida and her staff are not only professional but caring, knowledgeable and attentive. I highly recommend them. I also received a follow up call from the doctor."

    Dawn R.
Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.
1032 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-296-0898
Fax: 818-846-3204
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