Purpose: To assess the current role of fluorescein angiography after the introduction of optical coherence tomography angiography in real-life clinical practice. Methods: This was a multicentric retrospective observational study to evaluate the number of fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography angiography procedures performed by different devices from January 2013 to December 2018. The centers involved were Centro Italiano Macula (Rome), and ophthalmology departments of University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti–Pescara (Chieti) and “Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi” (Florence). Results: Out of 19,898 total fluorescein angiography procedures performed in the observation period, 3444 (17.3%) were in 2013, 3972 (19.9%) were in 2014, 3601 (18.1%) were in 2015, 3407 (17.2%) were in 2016, 3285 (16.5%) were in 2017, and 2189 (11%) were in 2018. Out of 7949 optical coherence tomography angiography procedures performed in the observation period, none were performed in 2013, 550 (6.9%) were in 2014, 908 (11.5%) were in 2015, 2098 (26.4%) were in 2016, 2090 (26.3%) were in 2017, and 2303 (28.9%) were in 2018. Conclusion: Fluorescein angiography procedures were performed less often after the introduction of optical coherence tomography angiography technology. The ease, speed, and safety of the optical coherence tomography angiography procedure in everyday clinical practice have facilitated more optical coherence tomography angiography application compared to fluorescein angiography in recent years. In the future, we will probably evaluate the different pathologies that still need an evaluation by fluorescein angiography.
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- Fluorescein angiography
- optical coherence tomography angiography
- retinal diseases
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