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How do doctors diagnose macular degeneration?

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Your ophthalmologist or optometrist may ask you to view a graph-like picture called an Amsler grid. Distortion and missing parts of this picture suggest a macular problem.

The doctor will inspect the macula, the portion of the retina responsible for your central vision, as part of a comprehensive eye exam. If your doctor suspects macular degeneration, he may perform a special photographic procedure using dye, called fluorescein angiography, or another test called OCT imaging. These tests detail the pattern of your eye's blood vessels and retinal anatomy and can detect a variety of abnormalities.

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA. 

James B. , Blackwell Publishing, 2003.  Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership. 

Pfizer: “Macugen Description.” 

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Preferred Practice Pattern, Age Related Macular Degeneration." 

National Institutes of Health: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on July 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA. 

James B. , Blackwell Publishing, 2003.  Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership. 

Pfizer: “Macugen Description.” 

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Preferred Practice Pattern, Age Related Macular Degeneration." 

National Institutes of Health: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on July 13, 2017

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