ENHANCED RETINAL SCAN (3D OCT)
In order to provide a comprehensive eye examination we utilise the most up-to-date equipment available
(Optical Coherence Tomography)
This amazing technology is a massive leap forwards in benefit over standard Retinal Photography (the camera that just photographs the back of the eyes). It allows us to examine, in cross section, the central 45 degrees of your retina in incredible detail, an area that includes the macular area (central area of the retina) as well as the optic disc. This allows us the opportunity for early detection of macular changes, not only for 'wet' Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) that benefits from rapid referral to an ophthalmic consultant, but for 'dry' changes that may benefit from treatments that will be coming 'on line' over the next couple of years.
The results are stored to your records to be compared on each visit for a greater ocular evaluation.
How much does an OCT scan cost?
It's difficult to put a value on knowing that your eyes are well looked after and any issues detected and resolved. For just £25 you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you've had the most thorough examination of your eyes.
This new technology brings a new and essential technique to scan your eyes and diagnose a number of common conditions that affect your sight including glaucoma, vitreous detachments and macular degeneration, which in their early stages may not be apparent in a routine examination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I can have my eyes photographed for free at other practices so why do you charge for this?
A. This technology is far more advanced and comprehensive than any of the cameras used in the high street multiples, and costs considerably more to buy. The results obtained are much more in depth and as such we are able to offer a much better analysis of your eyes.
Q. I have my eyes photographed every year anyway as I am diabetic, do I still need an OCT scan?
A. The scan allows us to monitor your retinae over time for changes associated with early glaucoma and macular degeneration. These are not conditions that are monitored through the diabetic photograph scheme, so yes, you will still benefit.
Q. How often should I have the scan.
A. Every time you have an eye examination. The software allows us to track changes over time, which is the main advantage of the system over photographs.