OCT or Optical Coherence Tomography, is an advanced technology used to examine all parts of the eye, from the cornea (front optical surface) and anterior segment all the way through to the layers of the retina and optic nerve. It is particularly useful for examining the retina and optic nerve, especially in cases of suspect macular degeneration and glaucoma.
An OCT scan is comparable to a MRI or CAT scan for the eyes and can form a three dimensional image allowing the optometrist to see, sometimes for the first time, problems within your eye that could not easily be seen before.
As recently as 10 years ago OCT technology was mainly used in research laboratories, but recent advances in this revolutionary technology have brought it into the forefront of quality eye care. It is used extensively in hospitals but are only available from a few independent optometrists such as ourselves.
The OCT machines are installed at Bournemouth and Poole branches and can be requested at the time of your consultation or as indicated during the examination.