An eye examination is a battery of tests performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist to check the health of the eyes, assess vision and how the eyes function together. Healthcare professionals recommend that everyone should have regular eye examinations to check vision and the health of the eyes. This is especially important since many eye diseases have no signs or symptoms in their early stages – your eyes wouldn’t look red, feel uncomfortable nor would you notice any loss of vision.
Eye examinations can detect eye diseases, many of which are treatable along with signs of general health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, some forms of cancer, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Optical Coherence Tomography
With our state of the art optical coherence tomographer (OCT) we can perform a quick and painless scan of your eyes. An OCT scan produces 3D images of all the layers of the retina – the lining of the inside of your eye that enables you to see. This enables us to carry out a far more detailed examination than was previously possible. This 3D digital image of all the layers of the retina can be magnified, measured and enhanced to reveal disease otherwise difficult to detect with standard instrumentation – even retinal photography. With every repeat scan, the OCT can accurately compare data and build up a very detailed picture of how the health of your eyes may be changing, however minutely. OCT scans can be the earliest way to detect common eye diseases such as glaucoma and Age-related Macula Degeneration, in some cases detecting signs up to 4 years earlier. Many eye diseases are easier to treat and lead to less sight loss when detected and diagnosed early.
Our OCT scans are only ever performed by fully qualified and OCT trained optometrists. After the scan, we take time to carefully explain what it shows us, and discuss the results with you.
We believe that this technology benefits all patients over 30 years of age and is available for a supplementary fee at your routine eye exam. Ask for more details at your next visit.
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