Dr. Atkins in the process of taking a retinal photograph. You can see the front of the eye in the camera screen and the picture of the back of the patient's eye on the computer screen.
Dr. Atkins invested in a state-of-the-art retinal camera What does this mean for you? If you have health problems with your eyes, such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc., then Dr. Atkins can take a color picture of the back of your eye with little or no dilation!
Dr. Atkins spent a large amount of time researching the different types of cameras on the market. In order to care for his patients in the manner he feels best assists him in diagnosing and monitoring diseases, he felt the Cannon CR2 was exactly what he needed. In addition to taking a picture of the back of the eye, he can take pictures of the front of your eyes, your eyelids, any area of concern. In fact, the camera enables him to see different layers of your eye. If you were to have a spot in your eye, he would be able to determine how deep the spot is, if it is just a spot or possibly a growing tumor.
Unless you have extremely small pupils, little or absolutely no dilation is necessary (wearing sunglasses in to your appointment will help to naturally pre-dilate your pupils). You simply rest your chin on a chin rest, press your forehead against the brace and look straight ahead. Click! And Dr. Atkins has a beautiful picture of your eye. He will then go over the picture of your eye with you. This picture will be kept on file and he will be able to study your eye and compare pictures to note changes that may occur over time.
Dr Atkins will go over your pictures with you in detail, so that you can understand any concerns he may have.
What does it cost?
Retinal photography is normally covered by your medical insurance. Some vision insurance policies may also have provisions for retinal photography; however we will primarily bill your medical insurance so there is little or no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Is it really necessary?
If Dr. Atkins thinks so, then it is. During your exam prior to having the CR2, Dr. Atkins would take a long look with a very bright light and magnification to look at the back of your eye, requiring more dilation. Now, dilation is minimal, if at all; Dr. Atkins can take time after your appointment to study the picture; and then will have pictures to compare as he continues to monitor your condition over the years.