What is a Fundus Photo?

Did you know that a photo can help your eye doctor detect multiple disorders? It’s true! It’s called a fundus photo and it’s actually a photo taken of the back inside surface of your eye, an area called the fundus.

What’s the Fundus?

This part of the eye is also sometimes called the “posterior pole” and includes the optic nerve, the macula, and the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the retina.

There are several diseases and disorders of the fundus (some subtle and some not so subtle). Sometimes, a change in the appearance of the fundus may indicate a systemic problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Fundus photography allows your doctor to obtain a clear overall view that can be monitored for changes from year to year.

What happens if your doctor finds something wrong?

If something out of the ordinary is detected then your doctor may order further testing. It is important to note that some findings are a manifestation of systemic problems and may warrant referrals to the appropriate specialist.

When are these photos taken? Does it cost extra?

As a new patient, photos are included in the new patient exam fees. Screening photos thereafter are an additional cost that is not covered by insurance.

It is recommended to get screening photos like this to make it easier to monitor for changes in the health of the fundus from year to year. If there are abnormalities noted, insurance will often cover the cost of the fundus photos.

Anyone at Clarke EyeCare Center can help answer all of your questions about screen photos and how the health of the fundus can affect your vision.

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