An OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scan is one of the most advanced retinal scans currently available. As an independent practice that likes to stay on top of the latest diagnostic equipment, we are proud to have invested in a state-of-the-art Topcon Triton OCT scanning machine, so that we can offer this advanced service to our patients.
What is OCT?
An OCT is 3D scan of the eye that works in the same way as an ultrasound does but uses light instead of sound waves. The light waves work to create a cross-sectional image of the different layers of tissue that make up the back of your eye, giving our optometrist a chance to go quite literally beneath the surface and gain a full picture of your eye health.
This scan is non-invasive and simply requires you to place your head on the machine’s chin rest and look into the camera for a couple of minutes while our optometrist takes the 3D images. These are produced instantly, meaning there is no waiting around for results, as our optometrist can analyse and explain them during your examination.
Even the smallest changes to the back of your eye can be the first sign of sight threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Catching these conditions in their early stages means they are much more treatable and manageable, giving you a much better chance of preserving your vision in the future.
OCT vs Retinal Photography
We already include retinal imaging (link to retinal imaging page) as part of our comprehensive eye examination, so why do we recommend you upgrade to include an OCT scan? While retinal imaging can show signs of eye disease, sometimes a more in-depth 3D view of the eye is required to see minute details and pinpoint the precise location of a problem.
When retinal imaging and OCT scan results are combined, our optometrist can view them on a single screen side by side, providing a panoramic view with a much greater range of detail for even more clinical accuracy.
The Topcon Triton OCT
Our investment in the Topcon Triton OCT means that we are able to offer our patients a remarkable diagnostic experience. The speed and image quality of the Triton means that our optometrist can inspect your eyes in minute detail within minutes. By having one piece of equipment with capabilities to carry out retinal imaging and the OCT scan, we can reduce the overall time you need to spend coming in to get tests done, for your convenience.
Who can have an OCT scan?
The OCT scan is suitable for adults and children, and anyone can request one. Simply ask our staff to add it to your comprehensive eye exam, which already includes standard retinal imaging when you book your appointment. Alternatively, if you attend your routine eye exam and your optometrist wants to carry out further checks using the OCT scan, you will have the option to have it done there and then for your peace of mind.
Contact our staff today to include an OCT scan as part of your Eye Examination.