American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

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Released October 8, 2013; updated May 29, 2019

Don’t order retinal imaging for patients without symptoms or signs of eye disease.

Retinal imaging, such as taking a photograph or obtaining an ocular coherence tomography (OCT) image of the back of the eye, is useful for documenting or following retinal or optic nerve disease, but these imaging studies should not be obtained routinely for documentation of normal ocular anatomy in asymptomatic people.


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How The List Was Created

The President and the Executive Vice President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus met with its Board of Directors. These 10 pediatric ophthalmologists leading the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus then generated a list of 10 potential topics. Each individual ranked the topics and the top five recommendations were chosen. Each recommendation was sent to a recognized expert in that specific area or to a committee of experts to complete the template. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus disclosure and conflict of interest policies can be found at www.aapos.org.

Sources

Williams GA, Scott IU, Haller JA, Maguire AM, Marcus D, McDonald HR. Single-field fundus photography for diabetic retinopathy screening: A report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2004 May;111(5):1055–62.