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OCT Scanning - Looking Deeper into Your Eyes

OCT Scanning - Looking Deeper into Your Eyes

OCT (optical coherence tomography) is an exciting new diagnostic technique that can look deep into the eye to help diagnose conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, sometimes years earlier than might otherwise be possible.  Using a special wavelength of light, OCT can construct detailed 3D images of the various layers of the retina, allowing the detection of subtle abnormalities and also providing baseline information for the future diagnosis of progressive conditions.

While glaucoma and macular degeneration are two of the primary conditions OCT can help to manage, the technique is also invaluable in the detection of conditions such as macular holes, vitreomacular traction, epiretinal membranes, macular oedema and a host of others.  It can even be used to scan tissues at the front of the eye, to help detect corneal conditions such as keratoconus.

Undergoing an OCT scan is quick and comfortable, as the procedure is entirely non-invasive and involves no puffs, flashes or contact with the eye.

As many eye conditions have no symptoms in their early stages, it's important to realise that seeing well does not necessarily mean that you don't have any eye problems.  A regular comprehensive eye examination, including OCT scanning, is an excellent way to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that any problems can be detected early.  To book your test, simply phone us on 4130 5099 or call into the practice at shops 11 & 12, 1-5 Bauer Street.