As optometrists our biggest ally in the treatment of vision impairment is early detection. In fact, 75% of vision impairment and blindness can be prevented by early detection.
Most people experience a change in their vision by the time they reach their early 40s. This can be a mild change in normal vision due to ageing or it could be a symptom of something more serious. An OCT scan can generate a highly detailed 3D image of the retina which will allow us to have a better view of your eye health.
With an OCT scan we can see each of your retina’s distinctive layers which help us assess the health of your retina. These measurements can reveal abnormalities and help us to detect diseases of the retina such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Having an accurate image of your retina also allows for a treatment plan to be tailored to your specific requirements.
What happens during an OCT scan?
An OCT scan is very quick to perform and is completely painless and non-invasive. Results are available instantaneously and is a great way for patients to gain a better understanding of their eye condition. Just like a photo, the equipment will produce a 3D image of your retina in less than 15 seconds.
After examining the scans, your optometrist will discuss the results with you. We store the scans in your records to compare the images with future images of your retina.
What conditions can an OCT scan help diagnose?
There are many conditions of the eye which can be diagnosed with the help of an OCT scan. Serious eye disease can develop in the retina as we age and these are often not visible on the surface of the eye or exhibit physical symptoms. Early detection is our best ally in treating these diseases and an OCT scan is the best way to monitor the health of your retina.