Many times, vision and eye problems have no apparent symptoms or signs, and without periodic eye examinations, you may be unaware of the obscure issues that exist. While a routine eye test may suggest your eyes are healthy, devices such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) can readily identify minute changes in your eye that could drastically affect your vision. An OCT test will not only reveal retinal diseases but will also prevent it from progressing into something more severe.
This piece of equipment enables optometrists to provide a more thorough record of the health of your retina. At Optometrists P Sidhu & Associates, we can observe the condition of the inside of the eye by taking cross-sectional scans through the eye, similar to an MRI scan.
Benefits of an OCT scan.
The most significant advantage an OCT scan is that it is a layer by layer investigation which assists in early detection and monitoring of preexisting conditions such as glaucoma, retinal diseases, macular diseases, holes, thinning, optic nerve diseases, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. As the results are in ultra-high resolution, optometrists can quickly and accurately diagnose eye diseases.
We can also store your eyecare information to allow for future comparison of results. An OCT is a great tool to baseline your complete ocular health history. This test is particularly important with patients who have a personal or family history of systemic conditions such as diabetics, hypertension, retina problems, floaters, flashing of lights, finishing vision, macular degeneration, cataracts or taking certain medications.
What happens during an OCT exam?
The test is non-invasive, painless and only takes a few minutes. In some cases, an optometrist may need to dilate your pupil using eye drops to increase access into the eye.
After your pupils are dilated, you will need to be seated in front of the OCT machine and rest your head and chin on rests (this ensures limited motion during the scan). The equipment will do the rest.
Looking for an OCT scan? Visit Optometrists P Sidhu & Associates website to learn more or contact us today by booking an appointment for your OCT test. If you want to visit our office or take a closer look at our equipment, our address is 42 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, Ontario.
At Optometrists P Sidhu & Associates, our OCT test is built into the comprehensive eye examination package which most of our patients choose. Moreover, our optometrists’ experience combined with our advanced technology will ensure a detailed eye examination and a unique eye care experience to all our clients.
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