Information for Patients

During a routine eye examination your optometrist will take a photograph of the back of your eye, called the retina. You may wonder "what are they looking for"?


What is the retina?

scone retina
The optic nerve is responsible for transferring light signals to the brain for visual processing. The macula is the most sensitive spot of the retina and is responsible for central vision. The blood vessels provides nutrients around the retina.
The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of your eye that allows us to see. 

Due to the retina’s vital role for vision, your optometrist will capture a digital image of the retina to examine its health, called a fundus photograph.

A fundus photograph can be easily and comfortably captured and is much like having a photograph taken, except the flash is focused through your pupil to the retina.

Your optometrist can assess the health of your:

  • optic disc/nerve
  • macula
  • blood vessels