What Are the Benefits of a Retinal Screening?

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Getting an annual eye exam is about more than checking your vision. An eye doctor will examine everything from visual acuity to the pressure of your eyes to signs of any infections or diseases. They are looking at the overall health of your eyes. That’s why it’s so important they look at not just what’s in front of your eyes, but also what’s behind them. That’s where a retinal screening comes in.

What are the benefits of a retinal screening?

“[It] allows the doctor to have a wider view of the inside of your eyes without having to dilate your pupils,” explained Dr. Meghan Riegel.

This enlarged view can help eye doctors assess for conditions such as:

  • Retinal Detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Dr. Riegel shared that retinal screenings use high-resolution imaging systems to take pictures of the inside of your eye. In addition to helping detect diseases early, these images provide a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes and help monitor your health.

“The screening helps me see inside of your eyes and its more convenient for you. It’s a win-win!” said Dr. Riegel.

Retinal screenings do not replace regular eye exams, and in some cases, dilation may still be necessary. Talk to your VSP network eye doctor to see if retinal screenings are right for you.



    If retinal screenings are so important, why doesn’t the vision insurance cover them.?

  • Nancy fornof says:

    Is this test covered by vsp insurance?

  • Larry Weatherford says:

    then why doesn’t VSP cover the cost?

  • Victor Navarro says:

    This procedure is performed annually by my eye doctor-ophthalmologist not optometrist. It’s aggravating that my ophthalmologist does not accept my VSP plan.

  • G henderson says:

    Retinal screening is it covered by vsp; wish it was

  • David Chubb says:

    So, this test is supposed to be beneficial for us…why then doesn’t insurance cover the costs of this “test”?

  • Deborah Hart says:

    My ophthalmologist finally admitted to me that he isn’t accepted as a VSP doc because he doesn’t sell eye glasses.

  • sheila winkler says:

    April 2018 I had my annual eye exam and VSP did NOT COVER this procedure. If it’s such a great diagnostic took, why isn’t it included in our yearly exam???

  • ann says:

    what causes the little blackspots that float when you are looking ahead?

  • sheila andredelaporte says:

    So what is the difference between retinal screening and having dilation drops during annual visits ?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Shelia,
      While both allow the eye doctor to view the inside of your eye to asses its health, the retinal screenings instead uses a high-resolution imaging systems to take pictures of the inside of your eyes. Your eye doctor can best address which option is best for your needs.
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • That is really interesting that for retinal imaging, it can help assess for conditions like glaucoma and diabetes. That is something that I would love to do so that I can make sure everything is alright there. Having an eye condition I am sure could be quite annoying and depressing, so it would be nice to get it checked out.

  • David Borgeson says:

    So I got a quick onset of floaters (full screen left eye) with light streeks. My coverage says I am eligible for retinal screening as needed at $39 copay. My OD says that this exam is out of pocket. Explain please.

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