How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?


The best way to diagnose diabetic retinopathy in the eye is through a full dilated eye examination by an ophthalmologist. Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Manvi Maker about how diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed.

A medical eye examination is the best way to detect changes inside your eye.

An ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) can often diagnose and treat serious retinopathy before you are aware of any vision problems. The ophthalmologist dilates (enlarges) your pupil and looks inside of the eye with special equipment and lenses.

If your ophthalmologist finds diabetic retinopathy, he or she may order color photographs of the retina or a special test called fluorescein angiography to find out if you need treatment. In this test a dye is injected into your arm and photos of your eye are taken to detect where fluid is leaking.

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