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Everything You Need to Know About an OCT Eye Scan

By settons on May 3, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About an OCT Eye Scan

Your eyes really are miraculous.

When you see an object, light from it passes through your pupil, which has its size adjusted by the iris depending on how bright the light is. Your eye’s lens focuses this light onto your retina, which is covered in light-sensitive photoreceptors that convert light signals to electrical ones to give you the gift of sight. This is the body’s vision factory, which needs to stay finely tuned to give you perfect eyesight. Even the slightest changes can start a chain of events, which could lead to visual impairment or sight-loss.

So it’s vital to keep an eye on your eyes. But how can you see inside the very organs that give you sight? And how can you identify such miniscule faults?

Throughout the history of opticians, our ability to monitor the internal health of your eyes has been limited by technology, but that’s all rapidly changing with the arrival of groundbreaking Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT). And with our commitment to providing our patients with cutting-edge optical services, it’s a technology revolution J. C. Setton Opticians just had to invest in.

Our state-of-the-art OCT machine enables us to carry out highly advanced screenings that capture incredibly detailed 3D images of the back of your eye. An OCT eye scan works by using light waves to detect the different layers within your eye, from which it builds comprehensive cross-sectional images that give us unprecedented access deep beneath the retina’s surface. Thus, this groundbreaking piece of diagnostic equipment allows us to offer you one of the most comprehensive eye examinations in the world, and give you absolute peace of mind when it comes to your visual health.


The revolutionary OCT Eye Scan

So what are the advantages of getting an OCT eye scan, over a standard eye examination?

Primarily, OCT technology gives our expert team of optometrists a much deeper insight into the internal health of your eyes. The OCT eye scan captures images that reveal every tiny structural detail, highlighting anomalous features such as the slightest signs of retinal damage, floaters or the first miniscule symptoms of common eye conditions. These images can then be analyzed layer by layer to spot issues for potential further investigation.

In particular, these scans enable us to identify the very first signs of sight-threatening conditions that don’t exhibit visible symptoms until it’s too late. An OCT test for glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration will highlight areas for concern so our team can recommend treatment before further damage to your vision. These groundbreaking scans can also reveal early symptoms of non-eye related diseases such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

In addition, a regular OCT eye scan allows us to monitor your eyes over the years and build a detailed timeline of your visual health. In this way we can spot the smallest structural changes, and keep a particular eye out for the onset of any genetic conditions. For example, if macular degeneration runs in your family, OCT monitoring will enable us to compare past scans and identify and treat the earliest symptoms.

Here at J. C. Setton Opticians we strive to offer our customers outstanding clinical eye care services. Our OCT machine keeps us on the cutting-edge, and gives you absolute peace of mind when it comes to your visual health. So if you’d like to book an OCT eye scan or a particular OCT test for glaucoma or macular degeneration, either book on our website, or call us on 020 8777 1106.

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