Traditionally, a retinal examination required dilation of your pupils. Dilation involves placing medicated drops in your eyes to enlarge the pupil size. This allows the doctor to examine the retina at the back of the eye for evidence of ocular disease or manifestations of systemic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Side effects from these medications include: sensitivity to light, slight blur of distance vision, and the inability to focus or read up close. These symptoms last approximately 3-4 hours.
Alternatively, we offer digital imaging of the retina. This allows the doctor to evaluate the retina without the effects of dilation and monitor potential changes in retinal structure from year to year. The fee for retinal imaging is $39 in addition to the routine exam fee and is not usually covered by insurance. In certain circumstances, the doctor may still require dilation if she feels signs or symptoms warrant further examination.