Healthcare technology is developing at a staggering rate. At Harries Opticians in Stockport, we ensure that we provide our patients with the opportunity to benefit from the latest developments in eye care, such as an Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan.
What does an OCT scan do?
An OCT eye scan allows us to review the many layers of the eye and create a 4D picture. This means that we can detect even small changes, which might indicate the onset of an eye condition. Under the right circumstances, this means that we may be able to treat or slow the progression of eye problems.
Commonly detectable issues might include age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, macular holes, and vitreous detachments. This list is not exhaustive and there are many more conditions that we can detect.
What does an OCT scan feel like?
The OCT scan is simple, quick and non-invasive.
In some cases, especially for patients over the age of 60, we may need to administer eye drops beforehand to dilate the retina. This allows us to have a clearer view for the most accurate scan results. If we do need to use eye drops, we will give you prior warning so you can either make alternative arrangements to get to your appointment rather than drive yourself, or ensure you bring a pair of sunglasses to help you with sensitivity to light that you might experience for a little while afterwards, before your pupils return to normal.
What happens to the information we collect?
An OCT scan can show any immediate eye problems or early onset of eye diseases, but it can also help us to monitor the condition of your eyes in the long-term. We can build up a picture of the way that your eye changes over time by storing results and comparing them after each check-up.
We want you to be as informed as possible, so we will show you the data on screen and explain everything thoroughly during your appointment.
Protect your visual health
A 4D OCT eye scan is fast becoming the standard for any routine eye exam, so why not take your chance to get ahead of developments and enjoy the benefits today?
To start taking extra steps to protect your visual health, get in touch with our trusted and expert optometrists at Harries Opticians in Stockport to book an appointment today.