Retinal Angiographer

Use special equipment to take pictures of the eye's anatomy.

What does a Retinal Angiographer do?

As a Retinal Angiographer, you’ll be taking many, many pictures of eyes during the course of your career. The Retinal Angiographer will work under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist, and your photographs help the Ophthalmologist diagnose or rule out eye diseases.

Retinal Angiographers take photographs of the back of the eye, which isn’t visible under normal circumstances. First, you apply drops to the patient’s eye, or give specialized medications to the patient through their veins to dilate the eye and make the vessels more visible. In some offices though, this is the duty of the Doctor.

Once the patient is prepared, you take a series of photographs of the eye using a specialized camera. You have to take photos at predetermined intervals, so you can’t rush through your work. You then give these photos to the Doctor for analysis.

Some of the patients you see have difficult, painful eye injuries, and you need to reassure them and help them stay still so you can take proper photos. They may ask you about what you see in your photographs, and you must remind them that the Doctor is the only one who can make a diagnosis. You need to deliver this news without sounding snide.

When you’re not seeing patients, you tend to your equipment. Most ophthalmic equipment is quite expensive, so you need to handle it with care, keep it clean, and make sure it’s working properly. You schedule repairs, if needed, and order supplies for the equipment if you’re running low.