EyeMed Vision Care, a vision benefit company and part of Luxottica, has introduced retinal imaging as an optional benefit within a vision plan. Retinal imaging provides detailed photographs of the retina, the inner nerve layer that lines the back of the eye, as a diagnostic tool to monitor overall eye health. The photograph can be used to help detect such eye and health conditions as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
Retinal images are quick, painless and non-invasive. As a diagnostic tool, retinal images provide high-resolution, permanent digital records of the inner eye. Although retinal imaging doesn’t require dilation of the pupil, EyeMed believes routine dilation remains an important part of a comprehensive eye exam to give both the patient and eyecare provider more tools to assess and maintain eye health.
“Retinal imaging is primarily used for screening healthy patients to provide a baseline of their eye health and is used in addition to a comprehensive eye exam,” says John Lahr, O.D., FAAO, medical director at EyeMed Vision Care. “The patient’s eye doctor can compare digital retinal images to later views of the retina to look for changes that could indicate early onset of a serious eye condition or disease. The earlier any disease is discovered, the greater chance of improved clinical outcomes from a treatment program.
“Retinal imaging is another important component of our wellness program at EyeMed,” Dr. Lahr says. “As part of the commitment to vision wellness, EyeMed encourages all members who are part of an EyeMed plan to undergo an annual eye exam.”