What To Expect From a Digital Retinal Scan

Routine eye exams don't just check for changes in your vision. Comprehensive eye exams also check for eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Digital retinal imaging can provide even more valuable information about your eyes. 

Here at Bellmawr Eye Care, in Bellmawr, New Jersey, we utilize the latest technology in our retinal scans: dropless digital retinal scans. In this blog, we explain what a digital scan does and what you can expect from one.

What is a digital retinal scan?

A digital retinal scan — sometimes referred to as a retinal photograph or digital retinal imaging — is a diagnostic tool that produces wide-angle, high-resolution images of the back of your eye. The scan is noninvasive and provides detailed images of your retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels.

The images can show early signs of ocular diseases, and because the images are stored electronically, we can measure any changes in your retina. 

Digital retinal scans don’t replace your routine eye exam. Instead, digital retinal scans are just one part of your exam, and we use them to produce a more detailed view of your retina to help further assess your eye health. 

What happens during a digital retinal scan?

Digital scans are quick and painless. Here’s what’s involved in getting one:

Eye drops 

Here at Bellmawr Eye Care, we offer dropless scans, which means you don’t need any eye drops prior to your digital scan. 

Chin rest

To get in position for your scan, you’ll place your chin and forehead on the supportive rests, which will then hold your head in the right position. 


Once your head is resting against the supportive head rests, you’ll keep your eyes open as wide as possible. You’ll see a bright flash, similar to that on a digital camera. This flash will light up the back of your eye to allow us to capture high-resolution images of both your retina and optic nerve.


Once the images are made, they’ll be displayed on a monitor so they can be reviewed. We’ll then review them for any signs of ocular diseases or conditions, such as the following:

Early identification can get you the treatment you need and help preserve your vision. 

Do you need a digital retinal scan?

We may suggest a digital retinal scan if you have changes to your vision, vision loss, macular degeneration, diabetes, high blood pressure, or glaucoma.

Even if you don’t have these underlying conditions or experience any vision changes, it’s important to receive routine eye exams. Digital retinal scans and comprehensive eye exams can help protect the health of your eyes and vision. 

If you’re interested in a digital retinal scan or would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, book an appointment with Bellmawr Eye Care today.

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