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Ophthalmoscopy (say "awf-thul-MAW-skuh-pee") is a test that lets your doctor see the inside of the back of your eye. Your doctor looks at the eye using a magnifying scope (an ophthalmoscope) and a light source.
This test is usually done as part of a regular eye examination. The test is done to look for eye problems and diseases. It also can be used to find other problems, such as head injuries or brain tumours.
Tell your doctor if you or someone in your family has glaucoma. And tell your doctor if you are allergic to any type of eyedrops.
Your doctor will shine a bright light in your eyes. Then the doctor will look at your eyes.
Before the test, your doctor may use eyedrops to widen (dilate) your pupils. This helps the doctor see the back of the eye. Your doctor may also use drops to numb your eyes. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to fully dilate the pupils.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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