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Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT): Early Detection Of Ocular Diseases

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an extremely advanced health check for people of all ages. Very similar to Ultrasound, the OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye with 3D images. OCT scans are used for early detection of glaucoma, macular degeneration, macular holes, vitreous detachment, diabetic eye disease and more.

The OCT allows the eye doctor to evaluate the layers of the central retina to look for retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, central serous retinopathy, diabetic maculopathy and vitreomacular traction. It also documents and measures the optic nerve head.

The light levels used for the scan are very low. The scan takes seconds to acquire and is totally painless. All the patient needs to do is look at a light, keep the eyes still and not blink for several seconds.

Patients with early stage ocular disease appreciate being able to have this state-of-the art technology conveniently available in our office, eliminating the need to send them to a large referral center for OCT scans. Healthy patients appreciate the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have had a very thorough ocular health check.

How does this technology improve eye exams?
Having 3D OCT scans available allows for earlier detection of eye disease. The scans also allow the doctor to monitor much more closely for changes in the structures of the eye as the scans are stored and can mathematically show any changes from one visit to the next. This provides a level of monitoring way beyond the ability of even the most experienced observer with normal viewing methods.

Who should have the OCT screening?
Everyone over the age of 35, people with a family history of eye disease, smokers, and diabetics.

For more information, contact Dr. Heyler today.