A retinal examination — sometimes called ophthalmoscopy or fundoscopy — allows your doctor to evaluate the back of your eye, including your retina, optic disk and the underlying layer of blood vessels that nourish the retina (choroid). Usually before your doctor can see these structures, your pupils must be dilated with eye drops that keep the pupil from getting smaller when your doctor shines light into the eye.

After administering eye drops and giving them time to work, which on rare occasion may burn a bit, your eye doctor may then view your eyes.

Retina Examination