Eyesite Eyecare Centres offer more in-depth eye examinations with option of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning.
What is it?
An OCT Scan is completely different to standard eye scans sometimes offered at doctors and other opticians.
OCT scans are similar to an MRI or CAT scan for the eyes. OCT technology can image in 3D allowing us to see, sometimes for the first time, problems within your eye that could not easily be seen before.
Why have it?
The scan examines the eye health below the eye’s surface and can detect early signs of macular degeneration, glaucoma, detached retinas and other eye disorders. All of these could potentially lead to visual impairment or even blindness if not detected and managed properly. OCT technology therefore allows us to identify any potential problems at a much earlier stage, to propose better treatment options and a better visual outcome.
What happens when I have a scan?
The scan is very simple, takes just a few seconds and is completely non-contact, meaning there are no sudden puffs of air or flashes of light. Any areas of your eye which appear unusual can then be measured with the OCT and monitored over time with additional scans, at a later date. These scans can be lined up with the original and compared to see if any changes have occurred over time in your eye.