Your eyes are quite extra-ordinary…
During an eye examination, an optometrist (ophthalmic optician) routinely studies the interior of your eyes to look for any sign of abnormalities. Following our installation of the remarkable “Nidek RS-330 Optical Coherence Tomographer” (OCT for short) we are now able to image the very back of your eye (specifically the retinal layers) allowing us to study your eyes in incredible detail from the top surface of your retina right down to the underlying surfaces, not visible to us by other means. Also, by keeping records of these images for you we can compare them the next time you visit, year on year, which is extremely useful.
OCT is an innovative imaging technique used to obtain high resolution 3D images of the retina. Our state of the art OCT imaging system provides exquisite details of retinal microstructures to assist in early detection, diagnosis and monitoring of various retinal diseases including Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Retinal detachments and a great deal more.
What is an OCT?
An Optical Coherence Tomography instrument allows us to see beneath
the surface of the back of your eye (the retina),this allows us to detect
any sign of problems or disease. OCT instruments use very advanced
technology to detect abnormalities at an incredibly early stage. OCT’s
are an instrument you will find in most hospital eye departments,
so useful and detailed are the results that can be obtained.
Does it hurt?
No. An examination with our OCT is quick and painless (nothing touches
your eye at all) – just like having a photograph taken! The examination
itself takes about 1 or 2 seconds, after which time your images will be
assessed by an optometrist.
Why should I have it?
Having an OCT screening in combination with your normal eye test
will allow us to obtain the most detailed information about your
overall eye health. This works very well in combination with your
regular vision check. Early detection will lead to timely treatment
and better outcomes for the health of your eye.
What happens to my OCT images afterwards?
Your images will be stored on file, so that when you see us again
for your next appointment, if you want another screening, we can
compare your images to see if anything has changed.