Diagnostic test for age related macular degeneration (AMD)

Fluorescein angiography is a photographic test that gives a detailed view of your eyes. It helps your doctor decide if you have wet age related macular degeneration (AMD) and if you have, whether treatment may help you.

What is age related macular degeneration?

AMD is a common condition affecting older people. About 1 in 100 people aged 65-75,and about 1 in 8 people aged over 85 have AMD that is severe enough to cause serious visual loss.

There are two types of AMD – ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. The treatment options for dry AMD are very limited. Not smoking and eating a healthy diet is recommended as this may help to slow down visual loss. 

For wet AMD there are a number of possible treatments, which are offered at Spire Manchester Hospital. These include laser, photodynamic therapy or the injection of a drug that controls the build up of fluid under the retina.

About fluorescein angiography

Fluorescein angiography at Spire Manchester Hospital is carried out in the outpatients department. The procedure itself takes a few minutes. However the drops used to dilate your pupil will blur your vision for six to eight hours, so you will need to arrange for someone to take you home after your appointment. A pair of sunglasses will also help to protect your eyes from bright light.

Your consultant will be able to discuss treatment options with you after studying the results of fluorescein angiography.

For further information on fluorescein angiography at Spire Manchester Hospital, or to make an appointment, please call 0161 226 0112 or complete our enquiry form.

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