OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography and is technology that allows us to assess the individual layers of the retina and other parts of your.
On OCT scan is similar to an MRI scan or CAT scan for the eyes and can allow us to image your eyes and the hidden layers of your retina in 3D allowing us to see things in your eyes that could not be seen before.
Your examination is simple, painless and takes just a few seconds and does not normally involve drops or contact with your eyes, there are no sudden puffs of air or light flashes. Areas of the retina that need investigation can be lined up and reassessed so changes from the original scan can be analysed and measured.
Your retina can be damaged by many common diseases like Glaucoma, Diabetes and Macular Degeneration. Damage to your retina can lead to serious loss of sight, visual impairment and even blindness.
The OCT Eye Scan allows us to pick up any problems your eyes may have at much earlier stage, usually allowing you better treatment options and a more effective visual outcome.
At Visual Answers Optometrists in Loughborough we invest heavily in the latest imaging technology to offer your eyesight the very best protection now and in the future.
The OCT Eye Scan is not part of the NHS eye test but is performed as part of the Extended Eye Examination or as part of our Gold Care plus membership scheme.
We carry out OCT assessments in our macular assessments clinics, for glaucoma patients and also for other consultant ophthalmologists and eye specialists. See our specialist website: www.macushieldsuccess.co.uk for more details.