Fundus photography is used to take pictures of the back of your inner eye. The highly specialized photos are used to diagnose, document, compare, and monitor eye conditions. Fundus photography is used to record the condition of the retina, macula, fovea, optic disc, blood vessels, and vitreous humor, the gel-like substance that fills the inner eye.
Fundus photography is performed in your doctor’s office. It is a non-invasive non-contact eye procedure. It is a short painless test.
Prior to the test, your doctor will dilate your eyes with eye drops. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant before the drops are used.
You will be seated for the test. Your face will be stabilized with a positioning device for the head. You will place your chin on a chin rest and your forehead against a support bar.
You will be instructed to stare to keep your eyes still. You will see a series of bright flashes while the photos are taken. Your vision will be blurred for a short time after the test until the dilating eye drops wear off.