Eye Exam in Baton Rouge, LA

At Louisiana Retina, we care about your eye health, and we want to help you understand what to expect when you see us.

Eye exams measure everything from visual impairments and intraocular pressure to ocular motility and colorblindness. Retinal exams, on the other hand, can be included as part of more comprehensive routine eye exams, or they can be completed here at Louisiana Retina by our retina specialists. To understand the difference between a routine or comprehensive eye exam and a retinal exam, it’s important to understand your retina.

Your retina is the inner layer of the back part of your eye. It’s the part of your eye that receives light, sending it through the optic nerve to your brain. Your brain then processes the light, translating the information into the images you see. With retinal problems, vision can become blurry, dark, and/or distorted, among other symptoms.

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your retina. Oftentimes these diseases and issues are taking place microscopically in your eye long before you notice any symptoms. The testing used to diagnose these retinal concerns is paramount to early and accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Retinal testing at Louisiana Retina may include:

Dilation

Used to enlarge the pupils so our retina specialists can see through your eye to the retina. Dilation doesn’t hurt, and pupils should return to normal within 4 to 6 hours. We do not recommend driving while pupils are dilated.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT scan)

This procedure is non-invasive and allows us to visualize your retina in 3D detail. It measures thickness of the retinal layers and takes pictures of the back of your eye. Lots of retinal diseases can be identified in the earliest stages with this imaging.

Fluorescein Angiography

Used to record blood flow in the retina and choroid (the layer of your eye just outside the retina). The imaging from this procedure helps to diagnose any retinal problems or give feedback about current treatments. A yellow dye called fluorescein is injected into a vein in your arm or hand, and after several seconds will pass through your body. Our retina specialists will take pictures as the dye passes through the blood vessels of your eye. While the FA only takes 10-20 minutes, you can expect to be in the clinic from 1 to 2 hours for prep prior to the procedure and monitoring afterwards.

Fundus photos

A low-power microscope helps take precise images of the back of the eyes including the retina, retinal blood vessels, the optic nerve, and optic disk while the patient sits with chin propped on a chin rest and forehead against a forehead rest. The images are full color, and help us to establish if there is a presence of retina disease and to monitor changes over time.

Contact our team today!

It’s easy to see (pun intended) why retinal exams, in addition to your routine eye exams, are important to your overall eye health. If you have a history of ocular disease, risk factors for retinal disease, or if you are experiencing symptoms that are concerning for retinal disease, contact us now here.