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How do I know if I have macular degeneration?

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Your ophthalmologist or optometrist will inspect the macula, the portion of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, as part of a comprehensive eye exam. If macular degeneration is suspected, a special photographic procedure using dye, called fluorescein angiography, or another test called OCT imaging may be performed. The 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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