Wet Macular Degeneration Evaluation
The evaluation of macular degeneration begins with a history and physical exam. This includes examination of the macula of the retina with an ophthalmoscope.
Physical findings in someone with macular degeneration include:
- Abnormal bleeding near the macula
- Abnormal color of the retina
- Overgrowth of blood vessels in the retina
Tests that may be used to evaluate macular degeneration include:
- Fluorescein angiogram
- Performed by injecting a dye called fluorescein into a vein in the arm. In seconds the dye travels into the blood vessels of the retina.
- Fluorescein angiogram is used to detect problems with blood circulation to the retina.
Examples of macular degeneration:
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