Retinal Photography

retinal_photography_mainDear Patient,

At Bay College Optometric Centre, we are pleased to offer retinal photography as a valuable addition to your comprehensive eye examination. Retinal photos are recommended at your first visit to our office, and every 2-3 years afterwards.

Why does my doctor recommend retinal photos?
Retinal photos are high-resolution digital photographs of the interior portion of your eye called the retina. These photos can assist your doctor in diagnosing and documenting many diseases. At future visits, the doctor can also refer back to these photos in order to detect changes in the retina which might indicate disease onset or progression.

What diseases can be documented using retinal photos?
Some diseases that can affect the retina are glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

My eyes are healthy. Are retinal photos still recommended?
Yes. By taking a retinal photo of a healthy eye, the doctor can refer back to this photo at your next exam. This makes it easier for the doctor to determine whether or not there are changes in your eye that might represent the onset of disease.

Is there an additional charge for retinal photos?
Yes. There is a fee of $40 for a full set of retinal photos. Many private insurance plans cover the cost of retinal photos as part of their routine eye exam coverage. Unfortunately, OHIP does not cover the cost of retinal photos at this time.