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Experiencing changes in your eyesight? Find out about changes in the condition of your eyes with an eye angiogram.
At the beginning of the test, eye drops will be given in order to make the pupils dilate.
The ophthalmic photographer will then take photos of the inside of the eye using a special camera. Medical contrast dye will then be injected into a vein at the bend of the elbow. Further pictures of the eye will then be taken to determine how easily the dye moves through the blood vessels in the back of the eye.
The most common conditions the test will be used for will be:
Through repeated dye angiography tests, the consultant can assess how well treatments are working and make alterations where necessary.
The dye angiography test provides a permanent record of the state of the blood vessels at the back of the eye and checks to see if there is a healthy blood flow through these vessels.
As with any procedure where skin is broken, there is a slight chance of infection. Urine may also be darker and possibly orange in colour for a day or two after the test.
Although the dye angiography test is a day procedure, there are preparations which should be made to minimise risk during and after the procedure: