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Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology): Eye Imaging

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Examples of Eye Imaging

Types of Imaging and Equipment

Photographic image of a healthy retinaUW 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

Examples of Ophthalmic Photography | View all images


Image of Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy

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Image of conjunctival nevus
Conjunctival nevus
Image of dislocated lens
Dislocated lens