We can now offer an amazing 3D OCT retinal scan to those patients with any signs, symptoms or family history of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other systemic eye disease. The OCT scans, until recently only available in specialist eye hospitals like Moorfields, can enable early detection and monitoring of these conditions, which can prove crucial in the prevention of sight loss.
The retina is the photosensitive layer of nerve cells (rods and cones) at the back of the eye that converts light rays into electrical impulses. These impulses travel along the optic nerve to the brain where they are turned into images. A good, healthy retina provides good, clear vision.
If there’s a problem with your retina, because of its position at the back of the eye, it has always been quite difficult to see, monitor and diagnose the cause – until now!
Using our brand new, state-of-the-art OCT scanner we can take a digital photograph and a three-dimensional cross sectional scan of your retina. This can not only instantly indicate a number of common eye conditions, but can also be used as a benchmark with which to compare future scans.
For example, the very early stages of glaucoma can be indicated by a slow, progressive thinning of the retina, which can be detected by comparing an earlier with a later OCT scan. Early diagnosis means early treatment, and the opportunity to save irreversible sight loss.
OCT scans are strongly recommended for those patients with any signs, symptoms or family history of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other systemic eye disease. We can advise you during your eye examination whether a scan may be necessary – or you can opt to have one anyway for your own peace of mind.
There is an additional charge for the scan of £45, which is a fair reflection of not only the extra time that it takes, but also the substantial cost of the equipment.