Answer: As part of a comprehensive eye examination,
I suggest that the majority of my patients consider an OCT (optic coherence
tomography) scan. This technology
enables the near instantaneous acquisition of photos and extremely high
resolution, 3 dimensional scans of the eye.
Prior to utilizing this technology optometrists have had to rely on patient
symptoms, functional vision measurements and observations with a standard
microscope to detect eye disease and record the anatomical features.
In fact when I studied optometry we were
encouraged to draw pictures of important features of the eye. Not being a
particularly good artist, I was more than happy to embrace this new technology.
There are so many benefits that eye scans
offer. They provide a snap shot of one’s eye health enabling accurate
comparison of the same eye in the future. This is highly valuable in the
screening and management of degenerative eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular
degeneration & diabetic retinopathy. Recently a study has found a link
between a parameter assessed by an OCT (retinal nerve fiber layer thickness)
and dementia implying that optometrists may be soon recognized as being able to
screen for this condition.
To summarise, eye scans provide me with
exponential increase in the amount of information that I can access regarding
your eye health. Since including these scans, I feel much more confident in the
diagnosis and management of eye disease.
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