We have invested in advanced technology called

retinal camera / fundus camera that allows our eye doctors to diagnose diseases and determine the health of the retina.

Retinal Camera/Fundus Camera

Learn why fundus photography is important, and how it can be used to detect eye pathologies earlier in diabetic patients and others and prevent blindness.

What is a fundus camera?

It is estimated that the fundus camera has saved the lives of over 108,000 people since its inception. It is a quick, noninvasive technology that allows optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other healthcare providers to diagnose diseases and determine the health of the retina. A fundus camera has many benefits for both physicians and the patient. By monitoring the progression of diseases over time, a retinal camera allows your eye doctor to develop better management plans and have earlier detection of vision threatening conditions.

What is a fundus camera used for?

Fundus cameras are great tools for eye doctors since they give them great information about the retina, blood vessels, and the interior portion of the eye, including the optic nerve and macula. Furthermore, the fundus camera can also show the anatomy of your eye.
Fundus cameras are especially important for eye diseases that can lead to permanent vision loss such as:
  • Glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes that causes nerve damage over time)
  • Macular edema (swelling in the central part of the interior of the eye)
  • Macular degeneration (deterioration of the macula)
  • Diabetic retinopathy (bursting of the blood vessels in the eye)
  • Papilledema (swelling of the optic nerve due to increased pressure in the brain)
  • Retinal tears (when the vitreous separates from the retina and breaks the tissue)
  • Retinal detachment (when the retina moves away from the tissues that supply it with oxygen and nutrients)
  • Hypertensive retinopathy  (occurs after a patient’s blood pressure has remained high for a long period of time)
  • Optic atrophy (occurs when the optic nerve is damaged)

If there are any diseases or disorders, it allows your eye care provider to explain that disorder to you, and you are able to understand it more easily because there is a picture available. Having images is also important as it allows your eye doctor to establish a baseline of your eye and identify changes as you age.

Diabetes or diabetic retinopathy


Retinal Detachment

Age Related Macular Degeneration

What are the benefits of a retinal camera?

Retinal camera has the following advantages:
  • An easy-to-master technique
  • Comparable to ophthalmoscopy, it allows you to observe a larger retinal field at a time
  • Dilation is not necessary, making it less invasive than traditional methods
  • Compliance by patients is high
  • The doctor can save and use an image at a later date.
  • By monitoring the progression of diseases over time, better management plans can be developed
  • Various filters and dyes are available to allow for different types of tests

What role does fundus cameras play in preventing blindness?

Fundus camera helps identify diabetic retinopathy which is the leading preventative cause of blindness among adults of working age in the United States.
The fundus camera has saved the lives of over 108,000 people since its inception. Retinal/fundus photography has a gradability rate of 92-95%, making it one of the most effective ways to prevent preventable blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy.

Retinal photography at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

A fundus camera is one of the cutting-edge technologies available at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga. Among other diseases, this device can prevent blindness that occurs due to diabetic retinopathy. Therefore, if you or a loved one is diabetic, come in for an eye exam so that we can use this device and determine whether your condition is progressing and could cause blindness. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.If you are interested in scheduling an eye exam, please contact (423) 710 3965.

Frequently asked questions

Is it covered by insurance?

While insurance plans provide basic vision or eye health coverage, they do not currently include this advanced diagnostic testing. However, if your doctor determines digital retinal photographs are medically necessary, we will file this service through your medical insurance carrier.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
1 2 3 10



How Does Vision Therapy Improve Reading Ability?

According to the American Optometric Association, approximately 80% of what a child learns in school is acquired through vision, and […]

Read More

What Causes Bloodshot Eyes? Understanding the Causes and Treatments

Bloodshot eyes can be alarming, but they are not always a cause for concern. In this blog, we will discuss […]

Read More

Ocular Rosacea: Understanding the Symptoms and Best Treatment Options

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects many people. While it is commonly found on the face, rosacea can also […]

Read More
see all blogs

Contact Us To Amplify Your EyeCare

Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga Logo

Working Hours

Monday - Tuesday
7:30AM - 5:15PM

Wednesday - Thursday
8:00AM - 5:15PM

Friday - Sunday

1043 Executive Drive Suite #101 Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 710 3966
Website Accessibility Policy
Safety protocols page
privacy policy
For Patients
Call Us
eyefile-adduserphone-handsetcalendar-fullarrow-uparrow-right linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram