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What is a fluorescein angiogram?

fluorescein angiogramFluorescein Angiography is a test that allows your eye doctor to view the blood vessels in the back of your eye by photographing them as a fluorescent dye is injected into the bloodstream. This test is particularly important in the management of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, and will help your doctor diagnose and treat these conditions. Fluorescein Angiography also helps to keep a permanent record of the vessels in the back of your eye, and will help your doctor detect any changes that may occur as a result of treatments or in tracking normal disease progression.

How is the procedure done?

Prior to your test, your eyes will be dilated to allow the camera the maximum view of the back of your eye, and a yellow dye will be injected into your hand or arm. Photos are quickly taken over the course of a few minutes, as the dye enters the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

What are the side effects?

As with any invasive diagnostic test, there are possibilities of certain side effects. Although, Fluorescein Angiography is considered a safe diagnostic measure, adverse reactions may occur in 5-10 percent of patients. Reactions range from mild to severe, and can include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity around the injection site. The most common side effect reported by patients is mild nausea and vomiting; however, extremely rare reactions may include hives, difficulty breathing, passing out, allergic reaction, and heart attack. Be assured that your doctor will take every measure possible to ensure that this procedure is safe, and will be prepared to treat any side effects should any occur. We at Georgia Ophthalmologists are committed to treating the total visual needs of our patients. Fluorescein Angiography is one of the many available tools we will use to ensure you receive the best ophthalmic care possible at our practice