Fundus imaging produces photos of the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eyes. Depending on your condition this may be the retina, macular or optic disc (please refer to the diagram on page 2).

The photos are used to monitor your condition and as a reference for your doctor. Your doctor may have referred you for one test or multiple tests.

The best results are obtained with dilated pupils. Dilating drops will be administered before the procedure if needed. It takes 15 to 20 minutes for the drops to take effect, and your eyes may remain dilated, with blurred vision, for several hours afterward.

Types of fundus imaging

  • Spectralis OCT
  • Cirrus OCT
  • Retinal photography
  • Autofluorescence imaging

The procedure

  • You will be seated at one of our imaging machines with your head in the headrest.
  • You will be asked to look at a target light and the equipment will move very close to your face.
  • Images will be taken of each eye. Keep your eye still, do not blink and follow the operator’s instructions. We may need to hold your eyelids open.
  • After the test(s) you may leave the Medical Photography area.

Do not drive after leaving the hospital as your eyes will still be dilated and your vision blurry.

For further information on this procedure, please speak to the Medical Photography staff.


Your results will be sent to your referring doctor or sent electronically to your medical file.

Private patients

This procedure incurs a fee that is not claimable from Medicare or private health insurance. It is preferred that you pay the account on the day at the cashier.

Basic anatomy of the eye

Basic anatomy of the eye


Disclaimer This document describes the generally accepted practice at the time of publication only. It is only a summary of clinical knowledge regarding this area. The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital makes no warranty, express or implied, that the information contained in this document is comprehensive. They accept no responsibility for any consequence arising from inappropriate application of this information.

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  • Last Reviewed: July 11, 2023
  • Next Review: July 11, 2028