Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis

Your Visual Acuity will be assessed using the Snellen eye chart which measures how well each eye can see.  A detailed history of your blood sugar variations will be obtained.  Drops are put in your eye that help to widen (dilate) the pupils. Then, using a special magnifying lens, your eye doctor will look at your retina.  

Specialized imaging tests may be ordered to better assess the health of the retina.  The Ocular Coherence Tomographer, (OCT) scans through your dilated pupil to assess the quality of the retinal tissue, reflecting areas damaged by diabetes.  In Fluorescein Angiography (FA), a special dye is injected into a vein in your arm and as the dye passes through the blood vessels in your retina, pictures are taken of the back of your eye. This test allows an eye doctor to see the circulation of the retina, which is critical to assessing the level of damage to the retina from diabetes.  


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