So I had an appointment with the eye doc for some issues I have been having. I asked her if she could do high resolution photos for Dr. D to look at. I had Dr. D’s poster from her talk saved on my iPad so she could read about what the study was about and why I was making that request. Here are my eyes. She said they looked pretty good, aka normal. Will be interesting to see what Dr. D says.
Hi Palomino, This is why eye doctors have missed this in the past (me included!). This is the “typical” magnification for a fundus photo, so you can’t see it. Some of the vessels must be magnified MUCH more than what we would do for a typical eye exam. THEN you can see the problem with the vessels. I’m using a special camera for the study that allows me to magnify the heck out of the vessels, use special filters if needed, and THEN it can be seen. Just like the examples on this site from the talks I gave. You’ll see some of the veins look like sausages on a string, hinting at poor venous drainage. I saw some other things, too that will be quite telling. I’m pulling it together for publishing it in a peer-reviewed journal now. Lots of work to do!
Thank you for sharing this!
Dr. Diana, is there a particular type of imaging machine or method that we could ask for in our area that would show the level of detail required? Also, how would you go about getting the Rx for this? Or even go about getting it read? We just saw an optometrist who refused to do any sort of magnified imaging unless she saw something irregular in her examination.
Boy, how do you argue with that? “Well, you won’t SEE the irregularity unless you magnify it.” I use an Optos camera because it has so much flexibility. You don’t need an Rx for it. There are a lot of cameras out there that just don’t have the capability, or the doctors aren’t exactly sure what they are looking for. That’s why I need to finish and then publish the article ASAP. Then you’ll have something in a peer-reviewed journal to hand them. I’ll be speaking on this (docs only at this event — so sorry) in Chicago in a couple of months, and it should be published around that time. Cool?