Six Health Revelations Discovered with Retinal Photography

The Triangle’s Beth R. Friedland MD uses the latest and most advanced tools to evaluate a patient’s visual acuity and general health during a thorough eye exam. One tool available is retinal photography, which takes a picture of the inside of the eye. The images produced can show whether a patient is developing vision problems, as can identify more general health concerns. These photographic images reveal a wealth of data even before the patient notices any problems.

Retinal photography gives Dr. Friedland information about these six important areas of discovery for eyes and general health:

  • Retinal health: On the retina photograph, the eye appears as an orange ball with blood vessels, a bright circle (optic disc) and a small darker spot (the macula). If the retina is detached or torn, it is easily clearly in the photo.
  • Macular degeneration: The macula, seen as a darker area in the photograph, provides central vision. Only through the use of retinal photography can the ophthalmologist see the physical damage caused by age-related macular degeneration.
  • Optic strokes: Every part of the body needs a constant supply of oxygenated blood. Eyes can be affected by stroke when blood flow is reduced or blocked. The clear images provided by retinal photos show where a stroke has occurred and the extent of the damage.
  • Blood vessel health: Radiating out from the optic disc are the eye’s blood vessels. When examining a retinal photograph, an ophthalmologist is looking for abnormal blood vessel growth, a dangerous build-up of blood, or anything else that can damage vision.
  • High blood pressure: Friedland may be the first doctor to diagnose a patient’s high blood pressure. Narrowing blood vessels, bleeding in the back of the eye or spots on the retina can all indicate high blood pressure.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes is a serious disease that eventually can cause blindness. As with high blood pressure, doctors examine retina photographs for changes in the blood vessels. Swelling or leakage and creation of new blood vessels can be signs of diabetes.

Retinal photographs provide a detailed view of the eye’s inner workings. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a comprehensive exam, contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment with Beth R. Friedland, M.D.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained about retinal photography is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice. Please personally contact Park Ophthalmology with any medical concerns.


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Durham, NC 27713

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