Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Eye Scans

OCT is an extremely advanced health check for all ages. It’s very similar to ultrasound but uses light waves instead of sound waves. It shows the Optometrist exactly what is going on beneath the surface of your eye. This information could prove vital and can help prevent problems in the future. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick and allows us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions.

What happens during an oct scan?

The scan uses light rays to takes a detailed 3D image below the surface of your retina (the inner most surface of the eye) giving us in-depth images of the eyes internal structures.
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This procedure only takes minutes and the equipment never touches the eye so there is no discomfort. You may require dilating eye drops in order to widen your pupils and make it easier to examine the retina.

What DOES an OCT Scan check for?

An OCT Scan can help in the detection of vision threatening conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy as well as checking for conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

As we grow older our retinas may change over time. The changes may not always be visible on the surface and you may not experience any physical symptoms. These changes are what an OCT scan is checking for.

When should I have an OCT scan?

We recommend an OCT Scan at least every two years with your standard eye examination.

If you’re over the age of 40, have a family history of any eye problems or you’re experiencing any visual problems a yearly scan is advised.

How much does an OCT scan cost?

An OCT scan is £30 including a full discussion with the Optometrist.

Ask about booking your OCT scan today…