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Diagnostic Tests

Our physicians at Retina Consultants of Austin may order diagnostic testing if they feel that it is helpful in diagnosing retinal pathology or managing your eye's health. If you have any questions regarding any of the diagnostics tests, please do not hesitate to ask any of our highly trained staff

Fundus Photography:

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We use *Fundus Photography* to take a picture of the retina which serves to document any ocular findings at any given examination. Our doctors will then be able to show you exactly what ocular findings are present and these photographs allow for comparison with future examinations. Retinal diseases can evolve over time and it is important to the eye's health to monitor for even the slightest changes.

Digital Fluorescein Angiography

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Evaluation of the retina frequently involves a diagnostic procedure called a *Fluorescein Angiogram*. The test requires an injection of special dye into the blood stream through a vein in your arm and a special camera is used to photograph the retina. The dye will flow to the retina and allow our doctors to evaluate the anatomy and circulation of the retina and structures beneath the retina. Certain retinal diseases can be diagnosed and managed with the help of this valuable diagnostic test. Our technicians will explain the fluorescein angiogram to you if it is part of your exam.

Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA)

An *Optical Coherence Tomography Angiogrpahy* examination is a new, non-invasive approach to visualizing retinal vasculature withouth the use of a dye injection.  

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

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An *Optical Coherence Tomography* examination is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a special scan to take a highly detailed picture of the retina in cross-section. This scan of the retina allows our doctors to detect pathology within the retina and can help guide treatment regimens.

Fundus Autofluorescence (AF)

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*Fundus Autofluorescence* is a non-invasive scan of the retina that detects the amount of autofluorescence the retina gives off. The amount of autofluorescence may correlate with the disease process of the eye. It has been especially useful for following our patients with age-related macular degeneration as well as other retinal diseases.

Ophthalmic Ultrasonography

An *Ultrasound* the eye is non-invasive and uses sound waves to evaluate the anatomy of the eye. It is useful to determine the health of the retina and vitreous when a routine ophthalmoscopic examination provides a limited view. This diagnositic test is also helps to evaluate and manage certain retinal pathologies such as suspicious mass lesions within and beneath the retina.

Visual Field Testing

We can perform automated visual field testing using a *Humphrey Visual Field Test*. This diagnostic test allows our doctors to quantify how well a patient can see in both their central and peripheral vision. This highly reproducible diagnostic test can help evaluate the visual system.