Retinal Imaging

Using the Optos® Daytona plus we can get an Optomap of the back of the eye like never seen before! It gives a 200° field of view of your retina, compared to the Visucam’s 45°, this is a much larger area as seen below.

It doesn’t hurt, no drops are needed and you can drive afterwards! Both our optometrists recommend it!

It is included in our private sight test fees however it is not covered by the NHS, if you are an NHS patient then there is a small £30 charge for this imagery. We want to be able to give you the most comprehensive eye examination and eye health check this allows us to do so!


As part of our commitment to provide you with the very highest standard of eye care we include Retinal imaging as standard in our comprehensive eye examinations.

A Zeiss Digital retinal camera is used to capture photographic images of the back of your eyes. The photographs show how healthy the retina is and help us to pick up early changes as the detail is incredible. Around half of all blindness is preventable so the earlier any problems are found the better. The camera can also measure the optical pigment. This shows how healthy your diet is, and a healthy diet means healthy eyes, and incidentally the rest of you too.

Common conditions such as Glaucoma, Diabetes, High blood pressure and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can be found earlier so any damage can be prevented or slowed.

The optometrist takes time to show and explain the images taken of the back of your eyes to you.

All images are stored and can be recalled enabling the optometrist to compare these from one visit to the next.

The Picture below to the left shows good pigment and the one to right shows poor pigment.


These pictures show glaucoma developing, the first one (Left) is how the disc looked 6 years earlier, and the newest one (right) shows how the pressure has crushed the blood vessels and nerves. The patient missed his glaucoma checks for 6 years so the pressure was able to cause permanent vision loss.



OCT or Ocular Coherence Tomography,

This is incredibly clever and works like Ultrasound for the eyes. It doesn’t hurt and uses harmless light to form a 3D image of the most delicate bits of the eye. This is invaluable for monitoring AMD and unexplained vision changes. Often these are due to the Vitreous jelly detaching and pulling on the retina. It’s also very useful for monitoring people with a family history of glaucoma as early nerve damage is easier to spot. And the sooner it’s spotted the sooner our fantastic Bristol Eye Hospital can take control.

AMD can often look like retinal scarring from Vitreous detachment but OCT can tell the difference. If you have AMD a food supplement such as Neutrof Total is recommended. This has high quality Omega 3 and concentrated Lutein and Zeazanthin plus vitamins and minerals. It’s designed to be used in place of multiple supplements and combined with a healthy diet. Many studies have shown this will slow AMD progress.

Vitreous detachment or PVD is really common, almost everyone between the ages of 40-70 will get it, often earlier if contact sports such as rugby or boxing are played. You will get flashing lights and floaters, often large floaters. These are usually harmless but should be checked urgently, ideally with dilating eye drops, pictures and OCT. This is because it can cause the whole retina to detach, and it’s much easier for the Eye Hospital to prevent this. However they don’t want every harmless case to go to casualty so if you experience these symptoms you should see an optometrist urgently. PVD often leaves small patches of scarring which can look like AMD in pictures.

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