For over 10 years Optometrists have had the ability to take a two dimensional picture of the retina.
This technology has now evolved to capture 3D images of the eye’s internal structures, known as Optical Coherence Tomography or OCT. OCT is painless, quick and safe and uses only light waves to capture the image.
The unique way the image is formed means that for the first time we can see below the surface of the retina and view the microscopic layers beneath.
This allows Douglas, Alistair and Mhairi to detect changes far earlier than before. They can easily measure changes between visits and, if needed, transmit the scan to an Ophthalmologist if further treatment is required.
OCT scans are particularly useful in detecting macular changes including age related macular degeneration, macular holes or diabetic macular changes.
OCT scans are also increasingly helpful in the monitoring and early detection of Glaucoma. At our practice we have the ability to combined powerful OCT scans and with traditional visual field testing using a specialised software package which looks for the smallest signs of, or changes in Glaucoma.
OCT is not part of a basic NHS eye examination. Our Clarity eye care plan includes OCT as part of it’s core benefits or you can access these advanced tests on a for a small fee.