Retinal Evaluation

Published: 2023-05-16

What to expect at your Retinal evaluation:A retinal examination takes longer than most general eye examinations. You can expect to be in our office for approximately two hours. Dilating eye drops will be administered to open your pupil. This allows us to see back to your retina. Since it takes up to 30 minutes for the dilating drops to take full effect, it will be necessary for you to wait after dilation before you see the doctor. Examining the retina requires very bright lights but this will not harm the eye. When the examination is over, the doctor will discuss her findings with you. Your eyes will remain dilated for several hours so please plan accordingly. Many patients who come in for a retinal examination will need a test called a fluorescein angiogram. During this test, a dye is injected into a vein in your arm. Rapid sequence photographs of the retina are then captured. The dye shows the blood vessels in the retina in clear detail and allows identification of abnormal or damaged blood vessels so your treatment can be tailored according to your findings.

At BEI, we use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, lasers, and equipment to further enhance diagnosis and treatment, and use the latest advances and methods to provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan.