OCT Scanning

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning uses state-of-the-art technology to produce a detailed 3D scan of the internal structures of the eye. It uses low powered light and is quick and painless.

How does it differ from a retinal photograph?

The OCT 3D scan provides much more detail. If the traditional retinal photograph is like an aerial picture of a town, the OCT image is like being on the streets and looking into the buildings.

It also takes lots of measurements which are analysed and compared with population averages.

Microscopic detail of an OCT scan
3D illustration detail of an OCT scan

What are the key benefits?

Detailed 3D images of the hidden layers of the eye. helps early diagnosis of common eye conditions, which may not be found in a regular eye exam.

It provides assurance that the eyes are in good health.

Results are stored and can be compared every time you have a scan.

Results can be forwarded to hospital specialists for prompt assessment if required – early detection of treatable conditions usually means a better outcome.

What eye conditions can be detected?

An OCT scan can detect the early onset of common eye conditions which normally wouldn't be diagnosed without hospital referral. Conditions such as Macular

Degeneration which can cause loss of vision, Glaucoma which can damage the optic nerve and even Diabetes.

Microscopic detail of an OCT scan
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Who should have an

OCT scan?

An OCT scan can be helpful in ensuring the eye health of everyone. It is particularly beneficial for people over 40 in checking for treatable eye conditions.

The OCT programme isn't part of our standard NHS eye exam. Its an optional extra however there is a special introductory price of just £10 per eye.

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