About this service
Also known as retinal imaging, colour photography provides detailed and sophisticated high resolution images of the retina (back of your eye) which can be used to manage and assess the condition of your eyes.
At the Mater Private Eye Centre we use the advanced Optos camera, which in just one panoramic scan, captures 80% of the retina.
This wide angle, panoramic view of your retina is hugely beneficial to the ophthalmologists when assessing and diagnosing eye conditions, as it captures a much wider area of the retina in comparison to other cameras.
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 two to three 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.
- 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.