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Alternative namesRetinal photography; Eye angiography
DefinitionFluorescein angiography is an eye test that uses fluorescein dye and a special camera to take pictures and analyze the blood circulation of the retina and choroid.
How the test is performed
Mydriatic eye drops (drops that make the pupil dilate) are administered. The chin is placed on a chin rest, and the forehead against a support bar to keep the head still during the test.
Allergy to the dye is rare, but may occur. A history of allergies will be taken before the test.
How to prepare for the test
Arrange for transportation because your vision may be blurred up to 12 hours after the test. The health care provider may instruct you to discontinue drugs that could affect the test. (See "Special considerations".) You must sign an informed consent form. You must remove contact lenses before the test. Tell the health care provider if you have a hypersensitive reaction to iodine. Tell the health care provider if you may be pregnant.
Infants and children:
How the test will feelWhen the needle is inserted, a small amount of pain or stinging may be felt. When the dye is injected, mild nausea and a warm sensation may be experienced. These symptoms are usually very brief.
Why the test is performedThis test is useful in determining if there is proper circulation in the retinal vessels. It can also be performed to diagnose or follow treatment of problems in the eye.
Normal ValuesNormal values will show the vessels appearing of a normal size and without blockages or leakage. If blockage or leakage is present, the pictures will map the location for possible treatment.
What abnormal results meanAn abnormal value on a fluorescein angiography can detect:
What the risks areThere is a slight chance of infection any time the skin is broken. Rarely, a person is hypersensitive to the dye and may experience:
Special considerationsMiotic eye drops (drops which cause contraction of the pupil) can prevent a clear view of the fundus by preventing wide dilation of the pupils.
People with cataracts will have less accurate test results because of the difficulty seeing the fundus.
Update Date: 10/27/2003Raymond S. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT