Colour Photography

Colour photography is used to take high resolution digital images of the retina, the back of your eye

Also known as retinal imaging, colour photography provides detailed and sophisticated images of the retina which can be used in managing and assessing the condition of your eyes.

At the Mater Private Eye Centre we use the advanced Optos camera which captures 80% of the retina in one panoramic scan.

This wide angle, panoramic view of your retina is hugely beneficial to the Ophthalmologists when assessing and diagnosing eye conditions, as there is a much wider area of the retina that can be seen in comparison to other cameras.

The Procedure

Taking the photograph is very simple and takes 15-20 minutes. Your eye won't be touched and there are no puffs of air used. You may be dazzled for a moment by a flash of light from the camera when the photograph is taken.

Your pupils will be dilated before the photograph and you can expect your vision to be blurred for 2-3 hours afterwards.

Photographs are used by your Doctor to help detect diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or hypertension at an early stage. In some cases, the photographs will need to be repeated regularly to monitor how well the treatment is working, as well as any changes in the condition of your eyes.

Following the Procedure:

  • Have someone organised to bring you home.
  • Do not drive on the day of the scan.
  • Do not drive until your vision has returned to normal.
  • Bring sunglasses on the day of your appointment, as your eyes may be sensitive to sunlight.