Benefits of Retinal Imaging

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Plus Our Top Picks for High-Quality Retinal Cameras

It was more than a century ago that scientists were able to capture the first usable images of the human retina. Since then, the technology has advanced considerably, allowing modern ophthalmic professionals to view the retina in stunning, high-resolution detail. Today, many practices offer retinal imaging as part of the routine eye exam, regardless of whether or not a patient has (or is believed to have) a specific eye condition.

Retinal cameras work by using low-powered lasers to capture digital images of the retina, the optic disc, and the surrounding blood vessels. They play an important role in the early detection of conditions that can impact healthy vision, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal tear and detachment, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and glaucoma. In addition, they are a valuable tool for identifying underlying conditions that may impact overall wellness, including cancer and high blood pressure.

Benefits for your practice

Beyond early detection capabilities, adding a retinal imaging solution to your routine eye exams offers several key benefits for your ophthalmic practice. The test itself is fast and painless for your patients, results are generated quickly, and the images easily uploaded to your EMR database (the whole process takes about 15 minutes.) This allows you to compile an ocular history for each patient so that you can compare images over time to monitor eye health and determine the effectiveness of treatment.

Patients of all ages can benefit from retinal imaging, and the ability to see and treat symptoms early goes a long way toward protecting healthy vision throughout their lifetime. Not only that, but regular eye exams can help detect a surprising number of non vision-related health conditions, and the superior accuracy of retinal imaging technology lets physicians quickly notice any irregularities. While not always covered by insurance, most patients will agree that the low cost of an add-on retinal imaging test is well worth it for the benefits it provides.

Finally, integrating advanced retinal imaging technology into your exam process sets you apart from your competitors in the ophthalmic arena and lets your patients know that you are committed to using the latest tools and equipment to provide exceptional care.

Our top picks for high-quality retinal cameras

Retinal imaging technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and modern retinal cameras now offer physicians a variety of ways to inspect their patients' eyes, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus photography, and angiography. The following retinal cameras are among our top picks for superior imaging capabilities and ease of use.

Topcon TRC-NW500 Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera

The Topcon TRC-NW500 Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera is a robotic fundus camera that provides crisp, consistent imaging even in ambient light. Innovative slit scan illumination and rolling shutter mechanism in the NW500 make it possible to obtain superior-quality color fundus images with less flare and shadow. Automated alignment, focus, and capture improve clinical workflow efficiencies.


Topcon Maestro2 OCT Fundus Camera

The Topcon Maestro2 OCT Fundus Camera is an OCT + Fundus Camera system that automatically performs alignment, focus, and capture with a single touch. The resulting reports enable comprehensive analysis of the macula, optic disc, and anterior segment. Reports can be auto exported, quickly printed, or sent to your EMR in common file formats.


Volk Pictor Plus Portable Retinal Camera

From the exam room to on-location screenings, the lightweight (just one pound), non-mydriatic Volk Pictor Plus Portable Retinal Camera will shoot detailed high-resolution images in daylight or darkness. With two easily interchangeable modules for retinal or external eye imaging, it features Wi-Fi connectivity to seamlessly integrate with any PC or mobile device.


S4Optik Cobra Fundus Camera

The innovative optical system on the S4Optik Cobra Fundus Camera captures 15% wider retinal images than standard cameras. A clear and detailed view of the entire ocular fundus contributes valuable insights to your ocular examination. Images are acquired with minimal flash exposure, providing comfort to the patient and facilitating multiple image acquisitions through undilated pupils.


Shop retinal cameras at Veatch

A 30-year veteran of the ophthalmic industry and a member of the Advancing Eyecare family, Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments offers a wide selection of mydriatic, non-mydriatic, and OCT retinal cameras to help you advance your practice and better serve your patients. If you are looking for something in particular, contact us today so we can discuss your needs and find the right solution for your patients and your business.

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