Early Detection with Retinal Mapping
Ultra high-resolution images of your retina can detect and help you beat health problems like diabetes and hypertension
Retinal mapping is a high-tech way to quickly (and painlessly) take ultra high-resolution images of your retinas, which are located on the back of your eyes. This relatively new technology is able to identify and prompt diagnosis for serious health problems like diabetes and hypertension.
While traditional eye exams are beneficial, they simply cannot provide the level of detail achieved through retinal mapping.
The Importance of Healthy Retinas
An unhealthy retina cannot send clear signals to your brain which can result in impaired vision or blindness. Most retinal conditions and other diseases can be treated successfully with early detection.
Without a comprehensive eye exam and retinal mapping, you may not be aware of a potential problem. You may see clearly, and because the retina has no nerve endings, you may not feel any pain, a symptom which may otherwise prompt you to see your doctor.
What the Retina Can Tell About Your Health
Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means, in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (diabetes and hypertension, for example) can be seen in the retina. Early detection is essential so treatments can be administered.
How Often Are Retinal Maps Necessary?
Dr. Blake will make recommendations based on your individual circumstances. As a general rule, however, it is a good idea of have a retinal map performed on an annual basis. This ensures that you have a digital record of your retinal health on file, making it easier to detect and start early treatment for potential health problems.
Retinal Mapping and Health Insurance
While retinal mapping is very beneficial to understanding your overall health, most insurance providers will not cover the exam. This means that patients must pay out-of-pocket for the exam, which generally takes about 5 minutes and costs less than $50.