OCT Retinal Scanner

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OCT – so much more than a retinal photograph.

OCT 3D imageTaking 3D scans to look below the surface of the central retina, OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) reveals the full thickness of the retina and shows all the individual nerve tissue layers in detail.

This allows our OCT-trained Optometrists to look beyond the retinal surface, helping them detect the earliest stages of conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as many other eye and medical conditions you may not be aware of.  Many of these conditions are preventable if caught in the early stages, and building up a picture of any change in your eyes over time gives us the best chance of getting an early diagnosis.

Completely safe and non-invasive, each scan takes just seconds and requires no drops or contact with the eye. We can also use it to image the structures at the front of the eye, for example to measure the thickness of your cornea.

Is OCT for me?

eye_glassesBeing able to see ‘through’ the retina means we can pick up changes in your eyes that wouldn’t normally be seen during a standard eye examination, or even in a retinal photograph (commonly used in diabetic screening programmes).

Being able to measure the retina accurately means we can track any changes over time, so if your retinal nerves are changing beyond the usual age-related changes we will know immediately so, where appropriate, something can be done about it.

OCT is recommended for everyone as part of a their regular eye care checks.

It is especially important if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are a new client (so we can obtain a baseline assessment of the health of your nerve tissue)
  • You have a family history of glaucoma (you are more at risk of glaucoma if a close relative has had it)
  • You are diabetic (as it can pick up retinal changes that a camera can’t see)
  • You have cataract (OCT can often ‘see’ the retina when it is difficult to do so with standard examination techniques)
  • You have, or have a family history of, AMD (macular degeneration – so we can monitor for any early changes that may require intervention)
  • You have Multiple Sclerosis
  • You have any blurring or distortion of your vision