When it comes to the health of your eyes, you’re probably already aware that you should be having them looked at once a year. However, did you know that there are different types of eye examination; some more in-depth than others?

The majority of eye conditions don’t have any symptoms. This means when it comes to having your eyes tested, you want to have the best examination available. That is where ocular coherence tomography (OCT) comes in.

An OCT scanner is a specialist camera that allows us to take quick, painless images and scans of your eyes, including the parts that can’t normally be seen. A series of snapshots are taken of your retina (and other parts at the back of your eyes) before being combined to create a 3D view of it.

Once these photographs have been taken, our optician Seema is able to examine the image in great detail, looking out for even the smallest indication that you could have a problem.

Once you have had your eyes photographed and scanned by our OCT machine, we will keep the images on file for future reference. Additionally, the OCT machine has the ability to compare previous images and even monitor the slightest changes in your eye health.

Please note: Early imaging is advisable for early detection and in some cases prevention of potentially serious problems. The procedure is suitable for children and recommended annually for those who:

Are over 40
Have a family history of eye conditions
Have high blood pressure
Have Macular Degeneration or Glaucoma
Common eye conditions identified through OCT screening include:
Age-related macular degeneration
Macular holes
Vitreous detachment