Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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:
  • Process of macular degeneration
  • Vision effects of macular degeneration

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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