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Ophthalmic Photography

Clinical photographers provide a vital supporting role in helping the Eye Department to perform diagnostic tests, particularly fundal fluorescein angiography (FFA) and in the monitoring of some ophthalmic conditions through photographic record.

For ophthalmic (eye) photography you will normally be seen in the ophthalmic outpatients clinic.

To get a clearer view of the back of your eye we usually need to put in some eyedrops which dilate (widen) the pupil. The photographer will then take a series of photographs with a special eye camera.

Some patients will undergo a test called fluorescein angiography. This test is designed to show areas of the retina (back of the eye) that may be blocked or leaking. Following a small injection, usually in the back of the hand or lower arm, a fine plastic tube is connected to one of your veins. After taking some normal colour photographs a dye is injected into the blood stream, taking about 10 seconds to reach the eye, at which point the photographer will start taking photographs. Normally photographs will be taken quickly at the start and then slow down over the next five minutes or so until the procedure is complete.

Once the test is completed we will normally ask you to take a seat in the waiting room for about 20 minutes in order to check that you are OK before we let you go home.

Please note that you should not drive if you have had dilating drops put in your eyes.