Inability to keep your eyes wide
open and to stare straight ahead during the test.
What To Think About
Most doctors discourage the use of this test
during pregnancy—especially during the first 3 months.
dye passes to your baby in breast milk, it is not safe to
breast-feed for 24 to 48 hours after this test. Use a
breast pump to empty your breasts and discard the milk until it is safe to
start breast-feeding again. You may wish to collect and store breast milk for
several days before the test or purchase formula to use during this
The dye is filtered through your kidneys and passes out of
your body in your urine within about 48 hours. Your urine may be bright yellow
or orange during this time.
A dye called indocyanine green is better at finding some types of
eye problems and may be used instead of fluorescein. It allows the doctor to
see whether blood vessels underneath the
retina are leaking.
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology