Advanced Retinal CT Scan – 3D OCT
The health of your eyes matters to you and it matters to us. Consequently we offer OCT to all patients.
OCT is an advanced retinal screening system that checks for potentially serious conditions. Conditions like glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous detachments and more. It’s new and completely painless.
Robinsons are one of the few practices in the area to have invested in an advanced 3D CT scanner. Because its new, we’ve included a short video so you can learn about the process.
About 3D OCT
3D OCT is an advanced retinal scanning technology which allows you to view and analyse the retina. It’s revolutionised retinal examinations.
Conventional retinal photography only “sees” the top layer of the retina. In contrast, OCT enables visualisation of all retinal layers. Think of it like an MRI scan which allows doctors to see any section of the brain!
3D OCT is indicated for anyone who wants a meticulous examination of the retina. It is particularly indicated in patients with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma (or a family history of glaucoma).
We use OCT when there is a need to examine deeper layers of the retina. We often do this due to the many ocular conditions that can affect this fragile structure.
Using the OCT for on-going care
It is not only initial detection that OCT is useful for, but also for monitoring the progress of your eyes. If your optometrist notices any small changes, he will want to re-visit this on future occasions. Chronic simple glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma, is a very slow changing condition and it is early changes that will alert your optometrist to its presence. The earlier it is detected, the better as it can be controlled before a great deal of damage is done. Most people think that glaucoma is caused by high pressure. However another relatively common form of glaucoma is called normal tension glaucoma, where the pressure is not raised at all but glaucomatous damage is still seen. Oct is very effective at detecting and monitoring these changes.
A huge benefit of OCT scanning is to be able to detect the difference between dry and wet macular degeneration. It is only by looking beneath the surface of the retina that this can be confidently identified. If you have dry macular degeneration, we are able to monitor its progress and make sure that there are no areas of wet degeneration developing.
Ask us about having the 3D OCT examination, it’s the very best in retina examination technology.
Please contact us to arrange an appointment.