Fluorescein Angiography

Fluorescein angiography is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate the blood vessels in the following parts of the eye:

  • Retina
  • Choroid
  • Optic disc
  • Iris

Reasons For A Fluorescein Angiography

The fluorescein angiography provides doctors with information about the retina. It can also be used to provide information as to the status of current treatments. A fluorescein angiography helps to diagnose and track problems such as:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Abnormal vessel growth
  • Swelling
  • Leaking
  • Retinal detachment
  • Cancer
  • Tumors
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

The Fluorescein Angiography Procedure

  • The patient’s pupils are dilated with eye drops
  • A baseline photograph of the inside of the eye is taken with a special ophthalmic camera
  • A contrast dye is injected into the patient’s arm
  • As the contrast dye circulates in the eyes, more photographs will be taken

After about 20 minutes, a final set of photographs is taken for comparison. The doctor will be able to determine if the blood vessels are closed, leaking fluid or blocked

After The Fluorescein Angiography Procedure

There is a risk of complications with any procedure. Some of the risks that patients may experience include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Urine that is darker than normal or orange in color
  • Dizziness
  • Hives
  • An unusual taste in the mouth

Serious allergic reactions are rare.

 
Request Appointment
Via Text or Call

(907) 328-2920


 
Get Directions
Fairbanks, AK

latest
Blog Posts

Presbyopia It’s an unavoidable fact: as we age, our eyes change. One of the most prominent visual changes we all face is presbyopia, a refractive error that makes it difficult to see objects and images up close. In this blog, ...Read More »

Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment Retinal Detachment is a serious eye condition that occurs when the retina pulls away from the back of the eye. This condition can happen to anyone, but some people are at additional risk. In this blog, we’ll discuss ...Read More »

Request an
Appointment

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Text us! 907-328-2920.


Connect with us:

Clinic Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat / Sun: Closed

Optical Hours

Appointment Only