What is a Digital Funduscopy?
Funduscopy is an examination of the fundus, the back part of the interior of the eye, including the retina. The test is performed with a digital funduscope at Park Avenue Endocrinology & Nutrition. It is crucial in determining the health of the retina, optic disc, and vitreous humor.
What is the Fundus?
Located at the back of the eye, the fundus has a lining of nerve cells called the retina. The job of the retina is to detect images projected on it by the clear outer covering of the eye, the cornea. The retina has photosensitive cells called rods and cones that convert the light energy into neural signals that are then carried to the brain by the optic nerve. The brain takes these signals and translates them into what you see. In addition to the retina, the fundus contains blood vessels and the optic nerve.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication resulting from diabetes. In the condition blood vessels in the retina swell and leak, or they can close, stopping blood from flowing through. Sometimes abnormal blood vessels grow on the retina. If the condition progresses it can then lead to vision loss and blindness. That’s why early diagnosis through funduscopy is critical.
Am I a Candidate for a Funduscopy?
At Park Avenue Endocrinology & Nutrition, we offer funduscopy as just one of our battery of diagnostic tests. But since diabetes treatment is one of our practice specialties, we often are looking for signs of diabetic retinopathy.
We include funduscopy with many of our general physical exams. There aren’t any limitations on who can have this examination.
What is a Funduscope?
Our team uses a digital funduscope, sometimes referred to as anophthalmoscope. This fully digital system features advanced imaging technology that allows us to create a series of images of the back of the eye, enabling us to chart progression of diabetic retinopathy, a common complication of diabetes.
Funduscopy can also help diagnose other eye conditions such as glaucoma.
How Long Does a Digital Funduscopy Take?
We typically perform this test after drops have been administered to dilate the pupils, but it can be done without dilation, as well.
The test takes just a few minutes. But if we are dilating your eyes, the drops need about 15 minutes to fully dilate the pupil.
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What Happens After My Funduscopy?
Since you may have trouble focusing your eyes for several hours after your test, you may want to have someone drive you home. If you have dilated pupils, you’ll need to wear sunglasses when outside or in a brightly lit room.
If you didn’t have dilation, the bright light used in the test may cause some temporary after-images to show in your vision. These pass quickly.