OCT Eye Scanning by R & J Moore Opticians
OCT- Optical Coherence Tomography – is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to image the different layers that make up the structures at the front and back of your eye.
What happens during an eye scan?
Using a Topcon state-of -the-art 3D OCT camera, your optometrist will take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross sectional scan of the back of your eye in one sitting. This allows both instant and early diagnosis of a number of common occular conditions. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick. What’s more, the software can automatically detect even the most subtle changes to the retina with every scan you have. This gives you an invaluable ongoing record of the health and condition of your eyes.
What can the scan check for?
Common conditions identified through regular OCT screening include:
Age-related macular degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. There are two types of AMD; dry and wet. Wet AMD causes rapid reduction in vision and must be treated in hospital very rapidly. OCT can help to identify the earliest signs of AMD, determine whether it is the dry or wet form and help monitor its progress over time.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK. OCT examination helps enable early detection of diabetic retinopathy, allowing early referral and management which can greatly improve the success rate of treatment.
Early changes of chronic glaucoma do not cause symptoms. The OCT scan can measure numerous features at the back of the eye and facilitate diagnosis of glaucoma at a much earlier stage than a regular eye examination. Furthermore, the OCT scan can enable close monitoring of your eye health year-on year, allowing identifcation of glaucomatous changes over time.
How do I book an appointment?
Your optometrist may recommend an OCT scan following an eye examination or you may feel that you wish to benefit from the technology as a routine measure. The OCT scan costs £45.00 to book please contact our Ramsgate practice on 01843 593027 and speak to one of our team.
01843 593027 01843 864866 01843 846016 01304 614322 01227 261981