• What’s the benefit of using dye to check for AMD?


    Question:

    What, if any, is the benefit of being injected with a dye to check the type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) versus taking a retinal photograph? Without noticeable symptoms, would a retinal photograph be sufficient during annual eye examinations?


    Answer:

    The use of a dye in the management of AMD is typically done when the doctor suspects abnormal blood vessels are present. Abnormal blood vessels can sometimes be found without the patient having noticeable symptoms, based on clinical exam or other testing. Speak with your ophthalmologist regarding what test is best recommended for you.


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