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What is an OCT scan?

When receiving a reminder letter, or when checking in to your appointment, you will be offered the chance to have an OCT scan. As a practice we are very proud of our ability to keep up with the fast pace of technological innovations in Optometry and were one of the first practices in the area to purchase this highly advanced Ocular Coherence Tomographer.

What does it involve?

The OCT scan is a quick and easy procedure carried out by either an Optometrist or our qualified Optical Assistants. The scan is completely painless and non-contact and involves staring for a few seconds in different directions while the OCT scans your eyes in turn. Following the scan, an Optometrist will show you the results and discuss what the scan shows.

What does it show us?

The OCT gives us an in-depth view of the layers of your macula, a view that is not seen with any other procedure in practice. It provides us with a 3D look at the layers of your macula and not only allows us to compare your eyes between visits, but also with national eye trends.

Why do I need it?

The scan allows our Optometrists to observe any irregularities in the macula to enable the diagnosis of potentially serious conditions in the very early stages. Conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration can be picked up before symptoms appear.

How often do I need it?

The OCT scanner is available to all our of patients. We would recommend you have a scan every two years, or more regularly if an Optometrist advises. If you are new to us, or have never had a scan, we would recommend you having one at your Eye Examination appointment so that we have a baseline scan stored for the future.

To book a scan, or for more information about the OCT, please telephone or call in to ask one of the team.

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