Retina Scanning

This test involves having your eyes scanned by a laser. The scan provides pictures of the retinas that can be examined on a computer screen.




This test involves having your eyes scanned by a laser. The scan provides pictures of the retinas that can be examined on a computer screen.



The retina is a thin layer of tissue lining the back part of the eye. It acts like film in a camera.

  • As light passes through the lens of the eye it is focused onto the retina, which is sensitive to light.
  • The retina "takes the picture" and sends the image to the brain through the optic nerve (the nerve that carries visual information).
  • This retina scan is used to diagnosis and monitor diseases of the retina. It is not used for routine screening.

A retina scan is a test that involves having your eyes scanned by a laser.

  • The scan provides pictures of the retinas that can be examined on a computer.
  • The pictures can be saved on a computer to compare with future scans to see if there are any changes.

A retina scan is one of several tests your eye doctor can use to check the inside of your eye.

  • Traditional eye exams involve dilation of the pupils with special eye drops.
  • After the pupils are dilated the eye doctor can use a special instrument to see inside the eye and evaluate the structures, including the retina.
  • This exam can detect problems in the eye. However, it does not provide pictures of the current condition of the retina.

Prior to a retina scan, you may or may not have your pupils dilated with eye drops.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a retina scan?

  • What is the reason for the test? Do I have risk factors for eye disease?
  • Are there any other ways to examine the retina? What are the benefits and risks of each?
  • Will my eyes be dilated before the scan? What are the possible side effects?
  • How will I feel after the test? Can I drive?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Retina Scanning
Lens Implant


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