Advanced OCT imaging is a 3D scan of the back of your eye, a little bit like a CT scan that hospitals use. It can diagnose eye conditions far earlier, often before you have any symptoms. This is every important for conditions like Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration. OCT is also proving invaluable when we cannot immediately determine why someone is having vision problems because it allows us to see what is happening behind the retina.
OCT is included with our Enhanced Eye Examinations or available on it's own privately.
Available at our Crownhill, Plympton, Saltash, Callington and Ivybridge practices.
why is OCT such a game changer?
As we live longer, my colleagues and I are seeing far more age-related eye conditions than ever before. Probably the most common being age-related macular degeneration, which affects around 600,000 people a year in the UK and is now widely accepted as the single biggest cause of sight loss. We know that up to 50% of the nerve fibre damage that leads to it occurs before any symptoms are experienced. OCT allows us to study and measure nerve fibre layer thickness and look for the early signs of change so that preventative treatment can be considered before the disease has a chance to develop.
OCT also allows us to see macula holes, retinal detachments, helps in the detection of retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. As a preventative tool it has become invaluable and as a diagnostic tool, it allows us to accurately refer patients for treatment far more efficiently and quickly than ever before.