This month we have successfully installed two new Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanners at our practices in Devizes and Chippenham, with Warminster and Royal Wootton Bassett soon to follow. Installing these instruments now allows us to offer premium sight tests to our patients.
What is a premium sight test?
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an innovative imaging technique. Having an OCT scan as part of a sight test allows us to obtain the most detailed information about a patient’s overall eye health. The OCT scan uses advanced technology to obtain high-resolution 3D images of the retina, showing the layers beneath the surface, not visible to us by other means. By conducting an OCT health check, we can detect abnormalities and signs of disease such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration and much more at a much earlier stage. Early detection should lead to timely treat¬ment and better outcomes for the health of the eye and overall wellbeing. OCT machines can be found in most hospital eye departments.
We recommend that every patient over the age of 25 has this done as an essential part of regular eye examinations.
Children can undergo an OCT scan if this is of interest to them and / or their parent or guardian.
How is an OCT sight test conducted?
- The patient will place their chin on the chinrest of the device
- The instrument takes numerous scans of the eyes which take just a few seconds
- The optometrists will then interpret and discuss the scans with the patient
The OCT scan is a very quick process and should take no longer than a few seconds. Nothing touches the eye at all – it is just like having a photograph taken. If you would like to book an OCT premium sight test* please visit https://www.haineandsmith.co.uk/appointments