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Retinal imaging: Valuable new service offered for Blue View Vision membersJune 4, 2012
Blue View Vision members can now have retinal imaging performed by any Blue View Vision provider equipped to provide it, and the member will pay no more than $39.
While retinal imaging is not a covered benefit, it is being offered as an optional discounted service to members who would like to supplement their comprehensive eye exam with an additional diagnostic test.
What is retinal imaging?
Digital retinal imaging uses high-resolution imaging systems to take pictures of the back of the eye, which includes the retina. This helps the eye care professional to assess the health of your retina and helps them to detect and manage eye and health conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. Detecting retinal disorders as early as possible is critical to potentially preventing serious disease progression and even vision loss.
Why retinal imaging?
- The retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be viewed directly without invasive procedures
- Retinal imaging is a fast, easy, and painless process with no recovery time needed
- Retinal imaging can lead to the early detection of some eye and other health conditions which in turn can lead to early and successful treatment
In some cases, retinal imaging can be used in place of eye dilation. Eye care providers can make this determination and when retinal imaging is used instead of eye dilation, there is no need for patients to wait for their pupils to dilate, or for them to wear dark glasses while waiting for their pupils to return to normal following the exam.
Best of all, the retinal image can be printed out allowing the eye care professional to review and explain what is seen with the patient, and the patient can even be given a copy of the image to take home for their own records.
Retinal imaging is not available on Materials Only plans. Members with Blue View Vision Full Service or Exam Only plans can begin taking advantage of this discounted service now.
Note: New York is out of scope for this announcement.