We are proud at Jack Brown Eyecare to offer the latest technology and the expertise to provide the highest level of eye care available.
For 2011 we have introduced an OCT [Ocular Coherence Tomographer].
This enables us to scan your retina and detect any early signs of conditions like macular degeneration, macular holes. It can also help us monitor changes due to – high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, corneal disorders and even floaters. The significance of detecting such conditions at an early stage means less chance of your eyesight being permanently affected.
We would recommend you to have an OCT scan
- If you are over 60
- If you are over 40 and shortsighted
- If you have high blood pressure
- If you have diabetes
- If you have any retinal abnormalities
- If there is any family history of eye problems
Anyone can have a scan even if it is just for your own interest.
Here are just some of the conditions OCT screening as part of your eye examination can help us monitor – Macular drusen [dry AMD], Wet macular degeneration, macular hole, vitreous detachment, epiretinal membrane formation, corneal thickness, anterior chamber angle, retinal neavus, retinal nerve fibre thickness.
Age Related Macular Degeneration [AMD]
AMD is the most common cause of blindness in the over 50 age group in western society. Wet AMD can cause sudden loss of sight over a matter of days, fortunately it is less common than Dry AMD which is often described as “wear & tear”.
OCT can not only identify which type of AMD is present but can monitor progress, for example if you are undergoing treatment.
Macular holes are fairly rare but if caught early can be treated successfully. If untreated they affect the very centre of your vision.
OCT clearly shows even very early macular holes when they are invisible with conventional viewing techniques.
Reasons for having an OCT scan at your eye exam
- The opportunity to have the most advanced technology screen the most important part of your eye.
- Early detection of preventable changes.
- Accurate comparison of your eye health from one year to the next.
- Improved referral if necessary.
All for £15 as part of your eye exam.
A picture tells a thousand words...
A 5 second scan during your next eye test gives the information of over 64,000 photographs, so surely including an OCT scan as part of your eye examination makes sense.