Ocular Coherence Tomography

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Ocular Coherence Tomography

Sight is precious

What are the Benefits?

"The Future, Today!"

At Eyes by Design we are committed to providing you with the highest standard of eye care available. With this in mind we have recently installed the very latest technology to include Optical Coherence Tomography. This allows us to take 3-dimensional scans of the back and front of your eyes, rather like an MRI scanner does for the rest of the body. This is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available.

An OCT scan is comfortable, and non-invasive, the images are captured in seconds using optical scanning and flash photography, without the need to come into contact with your eyes. The images show exceptional detail and allow us to compare your eyes over time, showing changes that would be impossible to detect without this revolutionary new equipment.

With OCT we can for the first time look beneath the surface at the layers below. We can microscopically magnify them and ensure that they are healthy. A detailed retinal photograph is taken at the same time. By measuring and monitoring the key layers within the back of the eye we can pick up abnormal changes which would not otherwise become apparent until much later in the development of a disease.


What are the benefits?

We can look beneath the retinal surface and detect:

• Changes too small to be seen by other methods.

• Eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy may be detected, and treatment started at a much earlier stage helping to preserve your sight. We can keep a permanent record, so small changes can be regularly monitored.

• Should referral be required we can include photographs and diagnostic levels of detail. For the first time you can see and understand any changes taking place.

Who should have OCT?

Everyone who wants the best available eye care but particularly:
• Those over 40

• Those with a family history of eye problems

• Diabetics and smokers

• Anyone with health problems or taking medication that may affect the eyes

• Anyone who has had an abnormality detected using any other method

• Anyone with particular concerns regarding their vision or eye health

Normal Vision

Macular Degeneration

The macula is the most important part of the retina at the back of your eye. It provides the central "fine detail" vision which allows you to work, read and watch TV with clarity. Macular Degeneration affects the macula, resulting in a loss of central vision, and is one of the major causes of blindness in the western world. OCT gives a three-dimensional view of the macula so that your optometrist can tell early if you are at risk of Macula Degeneration, helping them try to preserve your precious central sight.

Macular Degeneration

Normal Vision


Glaucoma is a slowly progressing disease which causes gradual irreversible damage to the nerve fibres in the retina. This damage affects your peripheral vision first, and left untreated, will ultimately affect your central vision as well.
As the loss of vision generally occurs gradually, it often goes unnoticed until it is well advanced. OCT technology gives your optometrist the ability to measure the thickness of your retinal nerve fibres and compares this with normal values for your age and genetic type. Abnormalities can be found and treatment initiated before any loss of vision has a chance to begin.


Normal Vision

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes is a disease which ultimately affects the blood vessels (arteries and veins) in our body. The back of the eye relies on the oxygen from blood for nourishment, so diabetes can have serious effects on vision. Haemorrhages and micro aneurysms (tiny bulges of the walls of blood vessels) can be detected by OCT, and full-colour scanning by the in-built retinal imaging system makes early detection of diabetes possible helping reduce the impact of diabetes.

Diabetic Retinopathy