By using our OCT, Dr. Verna can get a deeper view each of your retina’s distinctive layers. This allows her to map and measure their various thicknesses of each layer. These measurements help with diagnosis and also provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and other diseases of the retina. These retinal diseases include age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease.
You will sit in front of our OCT machine and rest your head on a support to keep it motionless. The equipment will then scan your eye without touching it. Scanning takes about 5 – 10 minutes. If your eyes were dilated, they may be sensitive to light for several hours after the exam.
Dr. Verna will share with you the results of your OCT test, and you'll be able to see deep inside your own eye!
An OCT exam can detect early signs of numerous diseases that affect not only your eyes and your sight, but also your overall health. The results help Dr. Verna identify abnormalities that could indicate the onset of a number of diseases that often present first in the retina. In these instances, individuals typically do not experience any pain or outward symptoms.
Melanomas can grow undetected within the retina. If discovered early, these masses can be treated before they cause serious damage and spread to other areas of the body through the bloodstream.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Caused by changes in the retina due to the body’s aging process, AMD blurs the sharp, central vision.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Often the first indicators of high blood pressure, compromised blood vessels, appear in the retina and may signify increased pressure in the blood vessels throughout your body.
Retinal Detachment (RD)
When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from the wall of the eye and, if not properly treated, can cause permanent vision loss.
Excess fluids within the eye elevate the intraocular pressure, which pushes against the optic nerve and can cause permanent vision loss.
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)
A leading cause of blindness, DR occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina.
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