Indirect ophthalmoscopic exam

Photo of an indirect ophthalmoscopic exam

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During indirect ophthalmoscopy, a doctor wears a light on a headband and uses a small handheld lens to look at each of your eyes. The doctor can see the back of your eye through the lens and will look for eye damage or diseases.

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology

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