The retina is a layer of light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye. As light rays enter your eye, the retina converts the rays into signals that are sent through the optic nerve to your brain, where they are recognized as images. Retinal conditions can lead to visual impairment.
At Anderson and Shapiro Eye Care, we have highly trained ophthalmologists that provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic eye care, including our retina specialist Dr. Jay Met.
Please plan on being here for approximately 2-4 hours for your first appointment with Dr. Met. We will be dilating both your eyes, which the effects may last up to 24-48 hours. Dilation is important for these exams, because when the pupil is enlarged, it allows Dr. Met the best view of the retina possible to ensure proper exam and diagnosis.
It is common to experience light sensitivity, therefore, remember to bring sunglasses with you. We strongly recommend you bring a driver to your appointment. You will be taken back by a technician first to do some initial testing. Afterwards, Dr. Met will determine if any further testing is needed before he sees you.
Fundus Photography a non-invasive imaging test, used to take images of the retina, using our specialized camera system. Test only takes a few minutes.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT): a non-invasive imaging test used to take cross section images of your retina. This test takes minutes and we will be able to provide the image to Dr. Met immediately.
Fluorescein angiography a test done by starting an IV typically done in the hand or arm and injecting a vegetable dye, known as fluorescein, into your vein. This dye travels through the blood stream to the blood vessels inside the eye. With the help of our camera system, we are able to take images which highlights the dye in the back of each eye.
Dr. Met will review these images for blood vessel abnormalities and will then be able to determine a diagnosis and possible treatment options for you. You do not have any restrictions prior to or after your fluorescein angiography.
Some common side effects of the fluorescein angiography are:
Ocular ultrasound (B-scan) A test used if the view inside the eye is significantly decreased for various reasons. A probe is placed on the closed eyelid and Dr. Met is able to take an image to see the retina or a specific mass.