A Fundus Fluorescein Angiogram (FFA) is an important test that diagnoses retinal diseases. This test involves injecting a fluorescent dye into your arm which travels through your blood circulation to your retina’s blood vessels. Once the fluorescent dye reaches your retina, photographs are taken to discover how healthy your eye circulation is.
The photographing of the eye will take approximately 5 minutes long. After this, our Ophthalmologists will go through the results of the FFA with you and recommend any treatments that you may need.
FFAs are useful in diagnosing common eye conditions such as:
This is a very safe procedure with virtually no significant side effects in the vast majority of patients. Because this procedure involves injecting a dye into your blood stream, the main risk is the risk of developing a severe allergy to the dye. Thankfully, this extremely rare. In addition, we are located on the St John of God Murdoch premises, so immediate urgent medical assistance is always available if the exceedingly rare need arises.