An optical coherence tomography scan (OCT) is a valuable tool used by our optometrists to evaluate the health of your eyes by providing a detailed view beneath the surface. Unlike 2D retinal photographs, OCT scans generate highly intricate 3D images of the various layers and structures within your eye. This includes the vitreous humor, retina, macula, and optic nerve, offering comprehensive insight into your eye's condition.
OCT scans play a crucial role in assessing your eye health and can be repeated during your annual or biennial eye examination to monitor and detect subtle changes over time. This makes them particularly effective in identifying potentially sight-threatening conditions that often exhibit minimal symptoms until they progress.
What conditions can OCT scans detect?
OCT scans are instrumental in detecting various eye conditions, including glaucoma (up to four years earlier than traditional methods), diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, and macular holes.
When should you have an OCT scan?
OCT scans are typically performed as part of your comprehensive regular eye exam. Even if your vision and eye health appear to be fine, the information obtained from the scan is valuable in tracking changes over time. However, if you notice any changes in your vision or experience vision loss, your optometrist may utilize OCT scans to identify potentially harmful eye conditions promptly. This allows for appropriate treatment and prevention strategies to be implemented as soon as possible.
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