Optical Coherence Tomography
Bartlett and Austin have recently invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment that can detect a number of eye conditions at an early stage, such as glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy during a routine eye test. This piece of equipment is called a 3D Optical Coherence Tomography system (3D OCT).
Ocular Coherence Tomography is a painless advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye.
The major benefit of this state of the art machine is that it allows the optometrist to see both the back of the eye, but also in a three dimensional image literary look beneath the surface of the regular retinal image. The images generated by the OCT are stored so when you see us again for your next appointment, the images from the latest screening can be compared with the images generated in the past to see if anything has changed or deteriorated.
Using this machine, your optometrist can more confidently diagnose, manage and refer you to a specialist for treatment, should this be required.
There is a charge of £35 for the OCT scan, but the benefits are obvious.
Make sure that when booking your next eye test, you ask for an OCT scan.