OCT Scan

We are pleased to offer our patients the very latest equipment in eye examination. Following the purchase of our state of the art Nidek OCT scanner, we are now able to obtain 3D scans of the back of your eyes, allowing us to study your retinas with incredible detail. Also, by keeping records of these images, we can compare them the next time you visit us which is extremely useful to detect subtle changes from one time to next.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about our OCT service:

What is OCT?

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a 3D scan that enables a more in-depth examination of the retina – the light sensitive part of the eye- than previously possible. The test is quick and non-invasive.

What are the benefits of having an OCT scan?

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OCT examination enables us to visualise the different retinal layers and pinpoint the exact location of any abnormality with great accuracy.

Our OCT scanner also incorporates a 12 mega pixel retinal camera. The combined information obtained from colour photograph and 3D scan gives us vastly improved capability to diagnose abnormalities much earlier than previously possible.

Which eye conditions are detected
with OCT scan?

OCT is very useful for early detection and monitoring of a range of eye conditions including Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. It is believed that, with OCT imaging, glaucoma could be diagnosed up to five years earlier than previously possible. Early detection often leads to better outcome.

What happens during my scan?

You are simply required to sit in one position and look at a target placed in front of you.

The scan will end with a camera flash.

How long does it take?

The OCT scan is a very quick process and should take no longer than a few minutes.

How much does it cost?

OCT scan and colour retinal photography are included in our Enhanced Eye Examination. Patients entitled to NHS eye test are able to take advantage of this technology for an additional fee of just £30.

When you book your next eye examination, don’t forget to ask about OCT scan!