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Could a specialist eye scan save your vision?

When it comes to maintaining healthy vision, regular eye examinations play a vital role. A comprehensive eye exam goes beyond just checking your vision, it delves deeper into the health of your eyes. One important element that has revolutionised eye examinations is Optical Coherence Tomography – aka the OCT scan. Read on to explore how this advanced 3D eye scan works, the eye conditions it can detect, and why it could be beneficial to you.

Understanding OCT eye scans

Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT, is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses light waves to capture detailed cross-sectional images of the retina, optic nerve and other eye structures at the back of your eye. It only takes a couple of minutes and provides high-resolution, 3D images so that our optometrists can instantly evaluate the results and examine even the smallest changes in any of your eye structures, pinpointing exactly where they are and how big they are with exceptional precision.

How does it work?

During an OCT eye scan, you will be asked to place your chin on a rest and look into a machine. The OCT device will then emit a beam of light which will scan your eyes to create a detailed image of the different layers. Quick, efficient and hassle free!

Conditions detected by an OCT scan

OCT is incredibly versatile and can detect various eye conditions up to five years before traditional imaging methods can, including;

· Macular degeneration – a leading cause of vision loss in those over 50. By detecting AMD in its early stages, timely interventions can help slow its progression.

· Glaucoma – an irrreversible condition causing peripheral vision loss. We can assess the optic nerve and measure the thickness of the fibre layer and detect early signs of glaucoma before you notice any symptoms. This aids in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.

· Diabetic retinopathy – this can cause vision loss in diabetics who have developed this condition due to uncontrolled high blood sugar levels. The OCT can help monitor the health of the retina and detect signs of diabetic retinopathy early on.

Benefits for patients

Integrating an OCT eye scan so you have an enhanced eye exam brings several benefits including early detection of eye conditions. Early intervention allows for timely treatment and management, often leading to better outcomes and preventing irreversible vision loss. Regular eye examinations that also include the OCT provide us with a detailed picture of your eyes’ health and help track subtle changes in your vision over time. By taking care of your eyesight, you not only protect one of your most valuable senses but also ensure a better quality of life for years to come.

Take action

Book a comprehensive eye exam with an OCT eye scan now – don’t wait for symptoms to arise, early detection is key! Contact us today to enquire about a comprehensive eye exam near you that incorporates the benefits of the OCT for the ultimate peace of mind.