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Optical Coherence

Our expert doctors utilize the latest in diagnostic technology to accurately diagnose eye disease and eye conditions. The OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a critical device for the early diagnosis of several serious eye diseases and conditions.   

What is optical coherence tomography?  

Optical coherence tomography, or OCT, is non-invasive imaging used to create detailed, 3D, color-coded, and cross-sectional images of the retina and the macula. These images enable your eye doctor to detect signs of eye disease in early stages, which may not have any obvious symptoms yet.  

You will be asked to sit in front of the OCT machine so that that the scan of your eyes can be completed. Nothing touches your eye, and the test is painless. The test takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete.    

When is optical coherence tomography performed?  

Your doctor may recommend optical coherence tomography if you are at risk for developing certain eye diseases, if they suspect certain conditions exist, or if they are helping you manage a particular eye disease.  

If your doctor recommends you for the OCT scan, the scan can be used to diagnose, manage, or treat many different eye disease and conditions, including the following:   

  • Diabetic retinopathy   
  • Age-related macular degeneration  
  • Macular edema  
  • Glaucoma  
  • Drusen  
  • Retinal detachment, occlusions, or bleeding   
  • Macular hole  
  • Neovascularization  

The doctor will evaluate the images from your optical coherence tomography scan and will review them with you. If previous scans have been conducted, they will also be able to review the newest scan against older scans.