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What tests can determine if I have age-related macular degeneration?

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If your doctor thinks you have age-related macular degeneration, he or she may want you to have one or both of these exams:

  • Optical coherence tomography. It's a special photograph that shows a magnified 3D image of your retina. This method helps your doctor see if your retinal layers are distorted. He or she can also see if swelling is getting better or worse if you had treatment with injections or laser.
  • Fluorescein angiography. In this procedure, your doctor injects a dye into a vein in your arm. He or she takes photos as the dye reaches your eye and flows through the blood vessels of the retina. The images will show new vessels or vessels that are leaking fluid or blood in the macula -- a small area at the center of your retina.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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