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.
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.
Both techniques can be used to evaluate an array of retinal disorders and diseases, including:
age-related macular degeneration
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
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