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Are there any side effects with retinal angiography?

You may experience some of the following symptoms after retinal angiography:
  • If the dye leaks from your vein, a burning sensation may occur at that site.
  • Your eyes may be sensitive to light due to the dilation of your pupils. Bring sunglasses with you to your appointment.
  • Your vision may be blurry due to the eyedrops you received. It is a good idea to have someone drive you home afterward.
  • Your vision may appear darker or have a colored tint afterward. This will last only a few minutes.
  • After the fluorescein dye is injected, your skin may turn yellowish for several hours.
  • Because your kidneys remove the dye from the body, your urine will turn dark orange or yellow for up to 24 hours following the test.
Allergic reactions to fluorescein dye are uncommon and severe reactions are rare. The most common reaction is a skin rash (hives) or itchy skin. Rarely, breathing difficulty or severe reactions can occur. This is usually treated with oral or injectable antihistamines, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
ICG dye contains iodine. Severe allergic reactions are possible in people who are allergic to iodine. You must inform your ophthalmologist if you think you may be allergic to substances that contain iodine, such as X-ray contrast and shellfish.

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