OCT TECHNOLOGY

What is OCT Technology?

OCT (optical coherence tomography) is a new imaging technology that uses light to capture images of the eye. With this technology we are able to scan deeper than before allowing us to detect, monitor and manage eye diseases at an earlier stage than previously possible. These images can also be rendered to create a 3-D representation of the eye which allows for better visualisation. The biggest advantage is the ability to monitor minute changes which would not have been detected by the traditional diagnostic equipment such as retinal photography. Examinations take roughly 15 minutes with results available on the same day. OCT is considered the gold standard in monitoring and detecting many eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Is OCT safe?

Having an OCT scan done on your eyes is perfectly safe. It does not require any special dye like you would need for having a CT scan. The OCT we use at Optomeyes Eyewear has been approved for use by the TGA (Therapeutics Goods Administration).

Who should have OCT?

The following people may benefit from having an OCT:

  • Those who have had previous ocular injuries

  • Those with family history of eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration

  • Those aged over 50

  • Those who are highly myopic (short sighted)

Based on your eye results and symptoms we may also recommend an OCT on the day of your appointment.

What can an OCT detect

 

The  following is a small list of what OCT technology is capable of detecting:

  • Dry macular degeneration

  • Wet macular degeneration

  • Glaucoma

  • Macular holes

  • Epiretinal membranes

  • Diabetic eye disease

  • Eye damage caused by high cholesterol and high blood pressure

  • Central Serous Retinopathy

What else can OCT be used for?

 

OCT is a very versatile tool. Besides detecting eye diseases OCT can be used to:

  • Check the drainage system of your eye - this is useful for a certain type of glaucoma

  • Check the thickness of cornea (front surface of your eye)

  • Check whether a contact lens is fitted too tightly

If you feel that you would benefit from OCT, why not book an appointment online? We'll confirm a time and date with you after your request. Provided you have a valid medicare card your consultation will be billed to medicare.