An OCT machine is a valuable tool at our practice

It helps us screen our patient’s eyes to diagnose early signs of eye disease and eye-related conditions. OCT stands for Optical Coherence Thermography.

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When you make your appointment for an eye examination, we’ll be able to advise whether you could benefit from additional screening with the OCT machine.

It’s very common to experience changes in vision as we age, especially for those aged over 40.

The OCT machine allows optometrists to detect issues earlier that not easily seen on the eye’s surface. This can make a world of difference to a patient’s long-term prognosis and can, in many cases, prevent blindness or long-term vision impairment.

The OCT machine provides a detailed image of your eye beneath the retina’s surface. This gives a much better indication of your eye’s health than an average eye exam.  An OCT scan shows the layers of your retina and how thick they are. Conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration and other retina-related diseases can be more easily diagnosed.

The procedure with the OCT machine is very fast – less than 10 minutes. And it’s non-invasive. The machine doesn’t touch your eye, you just look into the machine.

Regular OCT examinations are recommended as part of your two-yearly eye examinations. But if you are experiencing any vision difficulties, you may need to be checked more regularly.