Have you ever been referred to an eye specialist’s office for additional testing? One of these tests may have been an OCT. Have you ever wondered why your eye doctor has recommended this test and what it is for?
OCT, or Ocular Coherence Tomography, is a non-invasive and painless diagnostic instrument used to create an image of your retina and optic nerve. While similar to a CT scan in the way that it produces images of your internal body structures, the OCT uses light—instead of radiation—to rapidly scan the layers of your retina and create a 3D cross-section of the area. What that scan reveals about the condition of your retina can be interpreted by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.
An OCT is an important diagnostic test and assists in the early detection and treatment of potentially serious threats to your eye health and vision, such as Diabetes, Glaucoma and Degeneration.
Moreover, an OCT test is valuable when used to detect possible conditions that you have yet to notice symptoms. For example, having this instrument readily available is especially beneficial with conditions such as Wet Macular Degeneration, where the disease tends to progress rapidly.
How do you know if you need an OCT test? Start with an upto-date eye examination with your BC Doctor of Optometry, to take advantage of the latest in eye health technology, and to ensure your eyes (and your vision) are healthy.
So firstly, it is very important to control blood sugar if you are diabetic to help prevent complications by exercising regularly and eating more low carbohydrate and plant-based foods.
Secondly, it is important to have your eyes examined at least once a year to maintain good ocular health. A dilated eye exam will check visual acuity, look for cataracts, thoroughly examine the retina and check pressures. An optometrist can examine your eyes, and manage your healthcare with your general practitioner, and if changes occur they can make the appropriate referral to a specialist.
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