This article is from a series of articles about the state-of-the-art equipment at Atlantic Medical Eye Care. This time we’re highlighting the OCT machine.
Why We Use the OCT Machine
Optical coherence tomography or OCT is a non-invasive imaging test which uses light waves to take cross sectional photos of the retina. The retina is a layer in the back of the eye consisting of cells that sense light and creates impulses that travel to the brain to form visual images.
By using OCT, the ophthalmologist can see each of the retina’s distinct layers and map and measure their thickness.
This test not only can help in diagnosis, but it may also provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and retinal diseases, such as AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) and diabetic eye disease.
The OCT Machine Test
Having the test done is a simple procedure. Sometimes dilating drops are instilled in a patient’s eye(s) to widen the pupil(s) so the retina is easier for the doctor to see. The patient will then sit in front of the OCT machine resting their head on a support to limit movement.
The OCT machine will scan the eye without touching it, so there is no discomfort with the exception of the effect of the dilating drops (which wears off).
This brief test can provide useful information about many eye conditions including:
(Note: this is not an exhaustive list — the test can provide information about other conditions as well.)
In Central NJ? Request an Appointment
If you’re located in central New Jersey, give your eyes top-notch care at Atlantic Medical Eye Care. Request an appointment today at our Old Bridge, NJ office.