Our team of internationally trained ophthalmologists at The Aga Khan University Hospital are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders such as macular degeneration. To enable your eye doctor to make a diagnosis, you must discuss your symptoms in detail, including the specific characteristics of your symptoms, how long you have been having those, distortions in vision or any blind spots in your visual field.
In order to see your retina closely, your doctor will perform special photographic tests using special lights and a dye. Some of these include:
Fluorescein Angiogram and/or ICG (Indocyanine Green) Angiography – photos of the retina are taken after a dye is injected in the body
OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) – photos of layers of retina to look for presence of fluids or inflammation
Your doctor will also examine your eyes with the help of dilating eye drops which dilate the pupil and allow the doctor to see the inside of your eye with the help of special instruments.
Other simple tests to check your central vision, such as the Amsler grid, will also be used. In these tests, you will be asked to describe how the straight lines appear to you in the grid.