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Detachments / Tears
Flashes and Floaters
Diabetic Retinopathy
Proliferative Retinopathy
Fundus Fluorescein Angiography
Macular Degeneration

This investigative procedure comprises of injecting a dye - FLUORESCEIN into one of your veins in the arm and either taking rapid serial photographs of its passage within the inner structures of the eye - the retina and choroid or examining the inside of your eye with an instrument called the fundus camera with appropriate filters. The information obtained from a study of this procedure aids your doctor in either making a diagnosis, planning your treatment or assessing the results of treatment-particularly photocoagulation.

There is no discomfort from this test apart from the needle prick and the flash of camera which is harmless. You may have Nausea (sensation of vomiting) a minute or so after the injection. This usually passes off in about 30 seconds. Remaining calm and breathing deeply helps in overcoming this difficulty. You are advised to be on an empty stomach 3 hours prior to this test. Your usual diet can be taken soon after the procedure.

Fluorescein is a highly non - toxic drug. Rarely it produces a mild allergic reaction which responds rapidly to appropriate medication. Serious life - threatening reactions are exceptionally rare but can however occur. This is not different from what can occur with any other medication. The skin and urine stain yellow for about 36 hours and is of no consequence your must be accompanied by an adult attendant during this test.

If retinal pathology is detected, a procedure called Fluorescein Angiography (FA) may be performed. A dye, which quickly travels to the eye, is injected into the patient's arm. High Resolution Digital Photographs of the blood vessels in the retina are then taken to determine the extent of damage.

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