Optical Coherence Tomography
Eye care must constantly improve to ensure that you get the best in diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions. One thing that has changed in our optometry practice is the introduction of optical coherence tomography (OCT). Thanks to this new tool, our optometrists have a new way of examining your eyes. If you want to take advantage of this innovative technology that takes better pictures of your retina, come see our Mesa or Scottsdale locations of Riviera Opticare.
What Is Optical Coherence Tomography?
While we offer OCT as part of our comprehensive eye exams, you should understand the test before choosing to undergo the procedure.
This test is non-invasive, and you do not have to do anything to touch your eyes. By shining special lights into your eyes, the equipment takes pictures of the interior surface of your eyes. An eye doctor looks at the results to see the separate layers in your eyes. This medical imaging test guides the eye doctor in making diagnoses or treatment decisions concerning macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma.
What Is the OCT Procedure?
You may require dilating drops in your eyes before the procedure. These nonpainful drops make your pupils widen to allow more light inside the eyes. The drops may take a few hours to wear off, during which you should wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
When ready, you will sit in front of the machine for five to ten minutes with your forehead against a cushion. You must remain still for the entire test. A light will pass in front of your eyes several times as the equipment takes pictures of your retinas.
You may not qualify for this test if you have cataracts because these formations in your eyes reduce the amount of light that can pass through.
What Is the Optometrist Looking for In an OCT Eye Exam?
The optometrist uses the optical coherence tomography to examine the retina and optic nerve of each eye. Conditions that impact the retina may not cause problems at first. However, you should still start early treatment for issues such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Doing so could help prevent these conditions and others from stealing your vision. Other issues an optometrist can spot with this exam include:
- Macular degeneration
- Macular holes
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Fiber changes to the optic nerve
Get State-of-the-Art Eye Exams and Vision Care at Riviera Opticare
Our optical coherence tomography is only one example of the high-tech solutions we bring to all aspects of eye care we provide. If you need an optometrist to help you protect your vision through quality care and screening techniques, choose either of our Riviera Opticare locations. You can reach our Scottsdale site at 480-991-6432. If you want to talk to our office staff in Mesa, call 480-827-9184. We are looking forward to offering you the latest in optometry technology for your next eye exam.