Iris fluorescein angiography in clinical practice

Rosario Brancato, Francesco Bandello, Rosangela Lattanzio

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Iris fluorescein angiography is a valuable technique for elucidating a wide range of eye pathologies, among them developmental anomalies, degenerative disease, retinal vascular occlusions, diabetic microangiopathy, uveitis of various etiologies, glaucoma, tumor, and surgical or accidental trauma. In fact, IFA is more sensitive than biomicroscopy in the evaluation of iris abnormalities. Moreover, it provides indirect but reliable information on the retinal circulation when this cannot be examined directly. Some of the most important clinical applications involve the early detection of iris new vessels, cataract management in diabetic patients, and monitoring of iris tumors. Equipment, procedures, and fluorescein angiographic patterns in normal and disease states are described and extensively illustrated. More widespread use of this valuable technique is encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-70
Number of pages30
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997


  • Abnormal iris vessels
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Developmental diseases
  • Diabetic microangiopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Iris fluorescein angiography
  • Iris masses
  • Ocular ischemic syndrome
  • Retinal fluorescein angiography
  • Retinal vein occlusions
  • Trauma
  • Uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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