Optical Coherence Tomography or OCT as it’s more commonly known, is a sophisticated scanning system that produces highly detailed images of the internal structures of your eyes. Often likened to an MRI or x-ray of the eye, an OCT scan allows us to view 3D cross-sectional images of the retina, the inner most layers of your eyes. Whilst other testing procedures show the surface of your eyes, an OCT scan differs in that it reveals what is below the surface of your eye.
Using this cutting edge technology, we can more accurately identify and treat eye diseases and conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and optic nerve damage. As these conditions can cause vision impairment and even blindness, early detection and management can help to safeguard your vision for the future.
An OCT scan only takes a few minutes to complete and in many cases, no drops or preparation are required. You won’t experience any discomfort as the scanning equipment does not come in contact with your eyes. A special camera using laser light takes a picture of your retina and instantly uploads the OCT images onto a computer for us to review and discuss with you.
We will store your OCT images electronically ready for comparison on future visits to monitor any changes over time. Where appropriate, we can also provide results to other medical professionals involved in your health management.
It is natural for your eyes to go through changes as you age. With OCT scanning technology, we can often identify eye health problems before you experience any noticeable symptoms. This is important, as early detection and treatment of many eye diseases can greatly reduce their severity and progression. In addition, we can also monitor some eye conditions locally, minimising the need for referrals.
Our objective as your eyecare professional is to preserve the long term health and wellbeing of your eyes, including your sight. This investment we have made in OCT technology ensures that we can deliver the best care possible.