Optical Coherence Tomography
At Hanna Eye Care, we’re proud to offer optical coherence tomography (OCT) as part of our comprehensive eye exams. OCT is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses light waves to take high-resolution cross-sectional images of your retina. This test enables our eye doctors to detect a wide range of eye diseases in their early stages, often before symptoms or vision loss occurs. This means that we can help preserve your eye health and prevent potential problems in the future.
The OCT scan provides incredibly detailed images of the retina’s layers and enables our doctor to monitor changes to your eyes’ internal structures over time. During the test, you will sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head on a comfortable support to keep it still. The test is quick, painless, and only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.
How are optical coherence tomography scans used?
An OCT scan helps our doctors diagnose a variety of eye diseases and conditions, including:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Macular edema
- Retinal detachment, occlusions, or bleeding
- Macular hole
Who should get an OCT scan?
We recommend that all our patients, regardless of age or eye health, receive an OCT scan as part of their comprehensive eye exam. OCT scans are especially important for patients with a family history of eye disease. They are also crucial for people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that can affect eye health. However, even if you have no known risk factors, an OCT scan can still provide valuable information about your eye health and help us monitor any changes over time.