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OCT Eye Scan

The Zeiss OCT Cirrus HD-5000 eye scanner uses a low powered light to scan the back of your eye. During your normal eye examination or retinal photographs, your optometrist can only see the top layer of your retina. The OCT scan allows viewing of the deeper layers of retinal tissues in high definition 3D. It is in these deeper layers that the signs of macula degeneration, diabetes, macula holes etc. can be first seen. The OCT scan allows for early detection and therefore earlier treatment of these conditions (where appropriate). OCT scans can be appropriate at any age if recommended by your optometrist.

By measuring the thickness of the nerve fibre layers , the OCT scan allows us to see the damaging effects of glaucoma (often known as the thief of sight) much sooner than standard glaucoma checks including visual fields and pressure checks. It is also very helpful in monitoring anyone who has been diagnosed with the disease.

Glaucoma is a manageable condition, so early diagnosis is essential to help save your sight. We recommend this test for all of our patients over 35. You do not have to have any family history of eye problems to suffer from glaucoma. Glaucoma does not hurt or affect your vision in the early stages so don’t assume just because your eyes feel ok that they are.

OCT scans are available at our Kingsbridge and Modbury practices.

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Zeiss OCT Cirrus HD-5000 eye scanner

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Anterior segment scan of the eye. 

 

updated October 2016