Macular Degeneration Diagnosis


Our state-of-the-art Diagnostic Center offers patients the latest in advanced diagnostics for Macular Diseases.

Your Visual Acuity will be assessed using the Snellen eye chart which measures how well each eye can see.  You will be given an Amsler Grid to look at in the office and also one to take home to test your vision daily.  This looks like a checkerboard with a black dot in the middle. If the grid seems blurry or wavy, it may mean that you have AMD.  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 macula.  

 

CIRRUS HD-Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT)

We have the newest CIRRUS HD-Ocular Coherence Tomographer, (OCT) scans through your dilated pupil to assess the quality of the macula and surrounding retinal tissue, reflecting damaged areas and in the case of Wet Macular Degeneration – fluid.  

 

Fluorescein Angiography (FA)

In Fluorescein angiography (FA),  a special dye is injected into your arm and as the dye passes through the blood vessels in your retina, pictures are taken of the back of your eye, allowing your eye doctor to see the blood vessels of the retina, which is critical to assessing your AMD. Since wet AMD is caused by abnormal blood vessels that grow under the center of your retina, this test is often very helpful.  

 

Indocyanine Green (ICG) Angiography

Indocyanine Green (ICG) Angiography, a procedure similar to Fluorescein angiography,  uses Indocyanine green dye which can show more detail than Fluorescein angiography. 

 

For information on treating Wet Macular degeneration see our page here, for information on treating Dry Macular degeneration see our page here.

 

Want more information or to schedule an appointment? Please call us at 772-287-9000. You can also schedule an appointment on our website here.