An OCT scan is comfortable and non-invasive. The images are captured in seconds using optical scanning and flash photography, without the need to come into contact with your eyes. The images show exceptional detail and allow us to compare your eyes over time, showing changes that would be impossible to detect if not for this revolutionary new equipment.
With OCT we can for the first time look beneath the surface at the layers below. We can microscopically magnify them and ensure that the layers are healthy. By measuring and monitoring the key layers within the back of the eye, we can pick up abnormal changes which would not otherwise become apparent until much later in the development of a disease.
What are the benefits?
We can look beneath the retinal surface and detect:
- Changes too small to be seen by other methods.
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy may be detected, and treatment started at a much earlier stage helping to preserve your sight. We can keep a permanent record, so small changes can be regularly monitored.
- Should referral be required we can include photographs and diagnostic levels of detail. For the first time you can see and understand any changes taking place.
Who should have OCT?
- Everyone who wants the best available eye care but particularly:
- Those over 40
- Those with a family history of eye problems
- Diabetics and smokers
- Anyone with health problems or medication that may affect the eyes
- Anyone who has had an abnormality detected using any other method
- Anyone with particular concerns regarding their vision or eye health