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OCT scan

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an extremely advanced health check for people of all ages. It is quite different from digital eye photograph which only takes images of the surface of the back of the eye. This scan sees under the retina to parts that cannot be seen by ordinary examination. Very similar to Ultrasound, the OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye (see picture below). There is an additional charge for our OCT scan, but the benefits are clear. So enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your eyes are in great condition.

About the Heidelberg OCT

Multi-modality imaging with SPECTRALIS® is helping drive the development of novel therapeutics and changing the course of patient management in eye care. Using an upgradeable platform approach, SPECTRALIS has enhanced the role of spectral domain OCT by integrating it with confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (cSLO). The combination of these two technologies has enabled new imaging capabilities, such as TruTrack™ active eye tracking.

Enhanced anatomical details, 1 micron measurable change1 and automatic rescan at follow-up are the direct benefits of TruTrack™ active eye tracking and simultaneous dual-beam imaging. These two technologies are at the core of the SPECTRALIS product platform.

Measuring change within 1 micron reproducibility is possible with AutoRescan™, which automatically places follow-up scans in precisely the same location, bypassing operator variability. This precision is the product of 20 years of proven HRT technology, which paved the way for the dual-beam approach to imaging.

Saving you vision

In 2012, we have introduced Heidelberg OCT technology in our practice and have saved many patient’s eyesight by a quick and accurate referral to the Eye Institute in Ottawa for further vision saving treatments. We are really fortunate to have such a service available so close to home.

We have also added the latest Spectralis software introduced in 2015. This has added a whole new dimension of accuracy in the detection of glaucoma. It uses state of the art algorithms and unique scan patterns that are a first in the industry. These patterns were established as many fellowship trained glaucoma specialists would have variable interpretations of a glaucomatous optic nerve. This technology has the potential to standardize the interpretation of years of misunderstood findings.

Over the years, we’ve used the OCT scan on many patients and it proofed us many times that we can’t always rely on the optometrist only.  The scan helps the optometrist things he couldn’t detect with a simple eye exam with dilation and retinal images. It shows the optometrist the different layers that make up the back of your eye, and helps him detect anything abnormal. We have encountered countless cases where the patient had no symptoms at all or they felt something was wrong but no other test detected anything. With the OCT scan we can help patients with glaucoma, with retinal detachment, with macular degeneration, diabetic patients and even brain tumour.

Normal macula

Macular hole