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Fluorescein Angiography

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What is a fluorescein angiogram?

Also known as an “eye angiogram”, fluorescein angiogram is a method used to examine the retina. Fluorescein dye is used alongside a special camera to monitor blood flow in the back of the eye, in both the retina and choroid.

The dye is injected through the vein, most often the vein at the bend of your elbow. This dye will flow into your retina, where doctors can then use a specific camera to see how the dye is moving through your eye. This is how doctors see if blood is flowing as properly as the dye.

Fluorescein angiographies are used to monitor patients who have conditions of the eye that effect flow in the blood vessels to make sure treatments are working properly, and no other developments have occurred in the retina. It is also performed in patients who are curious of any possible risks that might be present due to irregular blood flow. Angiographies are used to find tumors or inflammations or blockages in the blood vessels that can lead to other conditions.

Some doctors are known to use fluorescein angiography before performing laser eye surgery as a form of ‘ex-ray’ to see the exact area that they are treating.

Fluorescein Angiography is a great way for physicians to look closely into what’s going on inside of your eye. This dye will not affect any other part of your body, though you might see a darker color in your urine because of the dye, there is no long lasting effect.

After an angiography it is common that patients have a blurry or slightly distorted vision for about twelve hours. It’s a good idea to have someone accompany you to the doctor’s office as well as someone to help once you are home

Possible Side Effects:

The most common side effects post treatment include

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Darker Urine Color due to Fluorescein Dye

A fluorescein angiography is quick and easy, and can successfully manage the progression and prevention of a number of different eye conditions.

To find out how to prepare for an angiography and learn more about effects and results, contact West Medical today at (855) 690-0565 to learn more about the test. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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