Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care helps patients achieve better visual health through our advanced eye care services. We make it a priority to continually stay updated on the latest techniques and technologies in the visual health field, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Here, your expert optometrist discusses how OCT works.
Understanding the OCT Process
This non-invasive imaging procedure uses light waves to capture cross-sectional images of your retina, the tissue lining at the back of your eye that contains light-sensitive cells. Your retina plays a major role in image perception, night vision, and color appreciation.
During your comprehensive eye exam, we will apply eye drops to dilate your pupils for better retinal visualization. We will then ask you to sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head to keep it immobile throughout the procedure. Using our state-of-the-art testing equipment, we will scan your eyes for approximately ten minutes.
Vision Conditions OCT Can Detect
OCT allows three-dimensional retinal viewing, which makes detecting certain vision problems easier than with other methods. We can readily identify macular tears, edema, and degeneration. This can also help verify if you have increased intraocular pressure and optic nerve damage, common indicators of glaucoma. In addition, OCT can check for signs of diabetic retinopathy, a sight-threatening complication of chronic diabetes.
Benefits to Maintaining Your Visual Health
The advanced and innovative science behind OCT allows faster and better eye disease recognition. The earlier we detect these vision problems, the more effective our treatment will be. The improved retinal image can also serve as a helpful reference when evaluating our suggested treatment.
For cutting-edge technology and premier vision services, you can turn to Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care. In addition to OCT imaging, we also use advanced technologies for your prescription eyeglasses and other optical devices. Call us today at (301) 859-4060 or fill out our contact form to schedule a visit. We serve Rockville and other nearby MD areas as well as VA communities including Alexandria.