This test allows x-ray visualization of the blood circulation in the
retina of the eye. It is used to diagnose retinal disease or
deterioration, tumors, and circulatory or inflammatory disorders.
• Your pupils are dilated with eye drops, and fluorescein dye is
injected through a vein in the arm.
• Your head will be held still in a special frame while looking
straight ahead and a series of pictures is taken.
• Additional series may be taken after 20-30 minutes.
• You should be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
• There is a small risk of an allergic reaction to the dilating
drops or to the fluorescein. This is usually easily treated with
• In elderly people there is a small risk of developing acute
• The flourescein dye may produce some nausea or flushing when it is
• It can also cause your skin and urine to have a yellowish tinge
for a day or two
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