Eye care services

Eye care services (Ophthalmology): eye imaging

UW Health's eye care services (ophthalmology) uses ophthalmic photography to study the eye and diagnose potential problems with vision.

Ophthalmic (or eye) photography is a specialized branch of medical photography that uses specific imaging equipment to photograph, scan or otherwise image the eye.

Why photograph the eye?

  • Documentation: To create a permanent record of ocular conditions that can be referred to over time.

  • Diagnostics: To provide diagnostic information that will lead to accurate diagnoses of eye conditions and guide treatment decisions.

  • Research: Eye photographs are used extensively in basic scientific research and clinical trials that investigate new treatments for debilitating eye diseases.

Conditions Commonly Photographed

  • Retina: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), glaucoma, vein and artery occlusions, central serous retinopathy (CSR), aftereffects of traumatic injuries, choroidal nevi (freckles) and tumors

  • Anterior segment: Aftereffects of traumatic injuries, iris and conjunctival nevi (freckles) and tumors, corneal abnormalities such as deposits, ulcers and injuries