Retinal Diagnostic Testing
service in Baton Rouge, LA
Comprehensive Retinal Eye Tests
Routine retinal exams help you maintain optimal retinal health by detecting problems with your eyesight related to the retina. Early detection is key in diagnosing and preventing retinal problems from progressing and causing vision loss.
What happens during a retinal exam?
A thorough retina examination begins with dilation of the eye for proper viewing of the entire retina. Your doctor will likely use a special low-powered microscope, a fundus camera, to take color pictures of your eye. This retinal camera is equipped with a bright light and a lens allowing your doctor to see details of the interior portion of your retina. He or she may order additional tests, such as OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), FA (Fluorescein Angiography), or retinal ultrasonography. These tests can help detect even the smallest changes in your retina so your doctor can quickly and effectively implement treatment to preserve your vision.
Retinal exams are used to diagnose a variety of retinal conditions affecting your vision. Retinal conditions diagnosed with retinal examination:
- Macular degeneration – affects the center of your retina and can cause a loss of vision
- Diabetic retinopathy – can occur in people with diabetes and causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina
- Glaucoma – results in damage to the optic nerve due to an increase in pressure within the eye
- Lattice degeneration – deterioration of the thin layer of tissues in the retina; often caused by age, but can also be caused by other factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- Intraocular tumors – can cause a wide range of vision problems, like blurred vision, eye pain, eye flashes and floaters, and changes in eye color
- Infectious retinitis – vision-threatening infection of the retina causing severe inflammation
- Central serous retinopathy – abnormal leakage of fluid from the retina that causes the retina to bulge
- Retinal hemorrhage – bleeding in the retinal blood vessels
- Hypertensive retinopathy – caused by high blood pressure and can cause damage to the retina
If serious retinal conditions are not found and treated early, they can progress quickly and lead to permanent vision loss. While this list of retinal diagnoses is not exhaustive, it demonstrates the value of retinal diagnostic testing.
Retinal Diagnostic Testing at Louisiana Retina
Our skilled retina doctors at Louisiana Retina use retina testing to accurately identify the problem and create a treatment plan to preserve your retinal health and improve your eyesight. Schedule an appointment for a retinal exam with one of our retina specialists. You deserve a healthy retina for years to come!