What is an OCT test?
OCT or Optical Coherence Tomography is a revolution in technology when it comes to the visualizing and mapping of the retina. It uses light to gather information and generate a high resolution cross section of the retina. It is a very short diagnostic test that can provide extremely valuable information your eye doctor needs to asses the state of a condition or identify potential conditions that may present themselves in the future.
An OCT test is a critical tool used for very early detection, monitoring and management of eye conditions that will lead to vision loss from conditions such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy among others.
What does a OCT Screening Look for?
- Glaucoma Monitoring, Sign, Symptoms
- Macular Degeneration Risk, Management
- Diabetic Retinopathy Assessment
- Other eye conditions such as Macular Holes and Macular Fibrosis
What is the procedure like?
A Optical Coherence Tomography test is a very simple process that typically takes 5 to 10 minutes. The patient simply sits and looks into the device placing their forehead on the rest and looks at a light generated target. Once the staff member calibrates the machine the test begins. In some cases it may be necessary to use special eye drops that help to dilate the pupils.
After your comprehensive eye exam the doctor will determine if it is necessary to perform an OCT diagnostic test. If so, the need for the test will be clearly discussed.