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Physicians specialized in conditions of the retina use several methods to make each diagnosis, determine the severity of the patient’s eye disease, and help guide treatment decisions. At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi's Eye Institute, management of diabetic eye disease and other retinal disorders is facilitated through state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies. An experienced ophthalmic nurse or technician conducts the patient’s initial, comprehensive eye exam. This is followed by a scan of the retina and a full clinical evaluation by a retina specialist. Diagnostic technologies offered at the Eye Institute include:
Optical coherence tomography (an imaging test that takes pictures of the retina)
Retinal angiography (an imaging technique that takes pictures of the blood vessels in the retina)
Ocular ultrasonography (an ultrasound of the eye)
Electrophysiology (a test that assesses the nerve pathway from the eye to the brain).
These technologies not only allow retina specialists to diagnose retinal disease, but also to monitor the effects of a patient’s treatment over time.
Since many retinal diseases also affect other organs in the body, the Eye Institute works with experts in a number of specialties at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, such as endocrinology, rheumatology, and neurology, to provide comprehensive Patients First care.
With any eye procedure, patients need to arrange for assistance with transportation home after treatment. Public transportation and taxi information can be found on Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s How to Get Here page.
The physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Eye Institute are highly trained, with years of experience from across the world and the Middle East. They are supported by a team of specialized nurses and allied health professionals.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this program include: