Examination of the retina

For the ophthalmologist, the retina is a great resource because many serious conditions can be identified early on the retina. In order to examine the retina, there are two main methods: optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fluorescein angiography.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT)

Optical coherence tomography is a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging procedure that facilitates a highly specific examination of the optic nerve, the centre of the retina and the macula. The examination, based on laser technology, is painless, simple, safe and contact-free.

Fluorescein angiography (OCT)

In fluorescein angiography, a dynamic examination of the blood flow in the optic nerve and the retina is conducted. In the process, a fluorescent dye is injected into a vein in the arm, whereby the retina and blood vessels are depicted and can be examined directly on the screen. The examination lasts approximately 15 minutes.

With both methods, various conditions of the optic nerve and the retina can be detected and examined. They are outpatient procedures and are well tolerated. They are often used in screening for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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