Diagnostic Technology

Optical Coherence Tomography

Diagnostic Technology

Optical Coherence Tomography

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses light to capture highly detailed images of the retina (the thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye). It’s similar to an MRI or CT scan that other doctors use.

By capturing high-resolution images of the retina, OCT allows us to detect conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy early on. That means we can start treatment sooner and potentially prevent vision loss. We can also use this technology to monitor changes to your eyes’ internal structures over time.

During the test, you’ll sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head on a support to ensure it stays perfectly still. The test is quick and painless, and scanning takes only about 5-10 minutes. After the scan, our eye doctor will analyze the images to assess your eye health and see if you need treatment for any issues.

How are optical coherence tomography scans used?

An OCT scan can help our doctor diagnose and monitor a variety of eye diseases and conditions, including:

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

Who should get an OCT scan?

If you’re experiencing any vision problems, our eye doctor may do an OCT scan to look for any issues. Additionally, if you have a family history of eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, our doctor may recommend regular OCT scans to monitor your eye health and detect any early signs of these conditions.

OCT scans are also a good diagnostic tool for diabetics. Diabetes increases your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a serious eye condition that can cause vision loss. With regular OCT scans, we can monitor your retina and spot early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Optovue iScan

At True Focus Eye Care in Port Richey, one of the cutting-edge diagnostic tools we use is the Optovue iScan OCT system. It allows us to accurately diagnose eye conditions, track their progression, and determine the most effective treatment options for our patients. By having regular OCT scans, our doctor can compare the images from previous years to detect any changes, abnormalities, or thickening of retinal layers that may indicate an eye condition. This means that patients receive the best possible care and can maintain their eye health for longer.

If you have any concerns about your eye health, contact your eye doctor and ask them about OCT scans. They can help determine if an OCT scan is right for you and advise you on how often you should have one based on your individual needs. Schedule an appointment at our office in Port Richey today and take the first step towards maintaining healthy vision.