Our commitment is to offer all patients the highest standard of care available. Your annual eye exam at Tempe Eyecare Associates includes a detailed examination of your retina. This examination is important in the early detection of disorders which may be harmful to your vision; including glaucoma & macular degeneration. System conditions such as high blood pressure & diabetes can also have vision and/or ocular effects.
There are two available options for this examination; both are effective & acceptable: Option 1 – Dilation of the pupils
Dilation is a safe and common procedure that utilizes drops to increase the size of your puils so the doctor can get a better look into your eyes. Dilation can have the following side effects:
Option 2 – Ultra-Wide Digital Retinal Imaging (Optos Daytona)
- Sensitivity to light
- Requires eye drops
- Blurred vision (especially reading)
- Possible stinging
Retinal imaging can be performed without dilation of your pupils and is a very comfortable procedure. The benefits of digital retinal imaging are:
- No light sensittivity
- No blurred vision
- No drops or stinging
- Maintain a digital record for documentation
There is a $39.00 fee for this service that will not be covered by insurance.
NOTE: DEPENDING ON YOUR CONDITION, A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS MAY STILL NEED TO BE DILATED EVEN IF THEY CHOOSE THE MAP. YOUR DOCTOR WILL ADVISE ACCORDINGLY.
I understand that these procedures are recommended as appropriate for me and if I elect to decline both dilation and digital imaging, my doctor will not be able to adequately assess for retinal pathology, optic nerve disease or other anomalies.