Ophthalmoscopy (say "awf-thul-MAW-skuh-pee") is a test that lets your doctor see the inside of the back of your eye. To do this, your doctor uses a magnifying instrument called an ophthalmoscope (say "awf-THAL-muh-skohp") and a light source.
This test is done to look for eye problems and eye diseases. It also can be used to find other problems, such as head injuries or brain tumours.
This examination is usually done as part of a regular eye examination. Other eye tests that may be done include vision testing and testing for glaucoma.
Your doctor will shine a bright light into your eyes and examine them.
Before doing this, your doctor may use eyedrops to widen (dilate) your pupils. This makes it easier to see the back of the eye. Your doctor may also use eyedrops to numb the surface of your eyes. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to fully dilate the pupils.
The dilating eyedrops may make your eyes sting and cause a medicine taste in your mouth.
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has glaucoma and if you are allergic to any type of eyedrops.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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 call line 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: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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