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Edinburgh, EH1 3DX
Telephone: (+44) 0131-557 3531
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Monday - Wednesday: 9am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 9am - 6:50pm
Friday: 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm


Westside Plaza
Edinburgh, EH14 2SW
Telephone: (+44) 0131-442 2333
Email: westerhailes@jbeyecare.com

Ocular Coherence Tomographer

A picture tells a thousand words

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 Jack Brown Eyecare 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 Hole

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an OCT scan take?

Jack BrownAnswer: An Ocular Coherence Tomographer scan only takes a few minutes and can usually be done during your eye examination.

Michael TwamleyAnswer: It is totally safe, the Ocular Coherence Tomographer uses visible light to scan the retina. Anyone can have an Ocular Coherence Tomographer scan done, it can be difficult if you can't hold your gaze steady for about 4 seconds. It is totally safe, painless and nothing touches your eye.

Gill BuchanAnswer: We are one of the first opticians to have this technology, until now OCT have been used in macular clinics in eye hospitals. Having an Ocular Coherence Tomographer scan done privately at a hospital appointment can cost up to £200.

Scott BrownAnswer: Yes. We can send the Ocular Coherence Tomographer scan with a referral so the eye doctors can diagnose the problem immediately. This means you get an appointment at the appropriate time with the correct department.

Jack BrownAnswer: It costs £15 when done as part of your annual examination. If a separate appointment is needed the cost is £45.

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