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Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology): Eye Imaging

Photographic image of a healthy retina

Photographic image of

a healthy retina


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Examples of Eye Imaging

Types of Imaging and Equipment

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

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