Diagnostics & Testing
Using a specialized digital camera system, photos of the retina are taken. This is a non-invasive procedure that takes only a few minutes.
This test is performed by injecting a special dye, called fluorescein, into a vein in your arm or hand. In just seconds, the dye travels to the blood vessels inside the eye. A digital camera system equipped with special filters that highlight the dye is used to photograph the fluorescein as it circulates through the blood vessels in the back part of the eye. If there are any circulation problems, swelling, leaking or abnormal blood vessels, the dye and its patterns will reveal these in the photographs. The doctor is then able to make a determination as to the diagnosis and possible treatment options. Because these are done with a digital system, the results are available immediately.
This is a test the doctor may use if the view inside the eye is decreased, or to better view any masses within the eye. This test is performed by placing a probe on the eyelid, with the lids closed. This only takes a few minutes, and the doctor has results immediately.
Ocular Coherence Tomography or OCT
This is a non-contact, noninvasive imaging technique used to obtain high resolution images of the retina. This only takes a few minutes and the doctor has the results immediately.