Eye examinations are important not only to assess the health of your eye, but also your overall health.
OCT Retinal Scan Opticians
Eyes are the window to your health
OCT scans can sometimes also reveal signs of other health issues elsewhere in your body, which is why your eyes are said to be the window to your health.
What can you see with OCT?
OCT technology mainly looks at your retina, checking for any abnormalities or damage.
The retina can be damaged by many common diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes and Age Related Macula Degeneration. All of these can lead to visual impairment or even blindness if not detected and managed properly. OCT technology allows your practitioner to identify any potential problems at a much earlier stage, usually allowing you better treatment options and a better visual outcome.
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A picture paints a thousand words
Just by looking at these images, this can help your practitioner to assess the health of your eye and identify any abnormalities or diseases.
What happens when I have a scan?
The test 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.
What is OCT?
OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography and is a complex technology used to measure the eye and particularly the layers of the retina.
The retina is the light sensitive area at the back of the eye, equivalent to film in a camera or a sensor in a digital camera.
An OCT scan is similar to an MRI or CAT scan for the eyes. OCT technology can image in 3D allowing your practitioner to see, sometimes for the first time, problems within your eye that could not easily be seen before.
Do I Need OCT?
Our team of qualified opticians is ready to assist patients who need an OCT retinal scan in Bromley. You should get one once you are 25 or older to learn more about your eye health and detect diseases early
An OCT scan is vital for the early detection of illnesses such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinal disease. For instance, the early signs of macular degeneration are hard to detect without an exam.
Macular degeneration occurs when the macula, a yellowish area near the retina’s centre, is damaged. This causes you to lose your central vision. Individuals aged 55 years or older are more prone to developing macular degeneration. We can spot and keep track of any retinal changes by scanning your retina each time you visit for an eye check-up.
Meanwhile, glaucoma is one of the primary causes of blindness in those over 60, although it can happen at any age. It is a group of diseases that can damage your optic nerve, which supplies visual information to your brain from your eyes. This damage may cause vision loss or even blindness. Glaucoma also occasionally progresses without symptoms or early warning signals, and an eye exam is the only way to diagnose it.
Some factors also increase the risk of developing eye diseases, including:
Don’t wait for severe symptoms to develop before scheduling an appointment. The earlier you detect diseases, the higher the chance they can be cured or prevented from progressing.
Why Get an OCT Scan?
OCT scans provide an incredibly detailed view of the eye's cornea, retina, and sublayers. These high-quality images enable eye doctors to diagnose various conditions accurately, allowing you to get an effective treatment plan.
A typical OCT scan takes about ten minutes. It is a quick, safe, non-invasive, and painless method with zero downtime. There are also virtually no preparations required for an OCT scan, making it a very convenient process for the patient.
Contact us today for an OCT scan appointment.