[Current uses and indications for indocyanine green angiography]

J Fr Ophtalmol. 2011 Oct;34(8):568-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jfo.2011.06.001. Epub 2011 Sep 9.
[Article in French]


A full interpretation of indocyanine green angiography images involves not only optical issues but also pharmacokinetic and biochemical aspects. These issues may involve biochemical changes in the fluorescence yield and the affinity of the molecule for lipoproteins and phospholipids. For age related macular degeneration (AMD), the advent of photodynamic therapy and especially anti-VEGF drugs has increased the use of OCT in assessing treatment response and guiding retreatment. The ease and advantages of OCT have become increasingly associated with a decreasing interest in ICG angiography, which is becoming less well suited for the current management of AMD. An aging population, the efficacy of anti-VEGF drugs and the relative rarity of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) in Europe are factors contributing to our proportional increase in AMD patients. However, aside from AMD, the indications for ICG angiography remain little changed over the last decade: it remains important in diagnosing PCV and choroidal hemangiomas, since their prognosis and treatment are specific. Similarly, for certain inflammatory conditions such as Multiple Evanescent White Dot Syndrome (MEWDS) or Birdshot chorioretinitis, the value of ICG angiography remains significant. In addition, for the treatment of chronic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy, ICG angiography helps to find sites of leakage which otherwise might have been missed. The ICG angiographic appearance in this setting may also have prognostic value. Although the indications for ICG angiography are currently decreasing for AMD, these other conditions represent a large enough number of patients to justify the continued use of this original test, which remains complementary to other chorioretinal imaging techniques.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Choroidal Neovascularization / diagnosis
  • Coloring Agents
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Ophthalmological
  • Fluorescein Angiography / methods*
  • Fluorescein Angiography / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Indocyanine Green* / chemistry
  • Indocyanine Green* / pharmacology
  • Macular Degeneration / diagnosis*
  • Models, Biological
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Visual Acuity / physiology


  • Coloring Agents
  • Indocyanine Green