Optical Coherence Tomography
Optical Coherence Tomography

Author - Francis Chen (Optometrist) 

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Optical coherence tomography or otherwise known as an OCT is a non-invasive scan that constructs a 3d image of the back of your eyes. The OCT allows 1001 Optical optometrists to detect eye conditions and diseases in the back of the eye at its earliest stages to provide a more advanced and accurate examination of your eye health. These scans are important as some eye conditions such as Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy and Glaucoma can silently progress without you even knowing about them being there!

How does optical coherence tomography (OCT) work?

The OCT is a painless, non-invasive (no physical contact) machine that takes less than 2 minutes for both eyes to be scanned. The results produce a high resolution picture of the back of your eyes and also a cross sectional 3D view of the layers behind the eye. Our optometrist can then show you these results, explain the findings within your consultation and store them in our database for future monitoring by comparing today’s result with previous ones. 

Optical Coherence Tomography

What can the optical coherence tomography (OCT) detect?

OCT allows 1001 Optical optometrists a more in-depth 3d view of the important structures in the back of the eye such as the optic nerve and the macula. 

The optic nerve is the cable that connects your eye to your brain sending all the visual information to your brain for processing. The optic nerve is susceptible to eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Optic neuritis, Papilloedema and Optic Drusen

The macular is responsible for the centre of your vision and all of the fine details that accompany it. It is one of the most important structures in your eye alongside the optic nerve. The macular is susceptible to eye diseases such as age related macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema, epiretinal membranes and macular drusen

These conditions can be detected earlier allowing for better treatment outcomes and ongoing monitoring. 

OCT scans are not typically covered by Medicare in Australia, but 1001 Optical has your back. We will not be charging you a single cent on these scans, in other words it will cost you $0 with your bulk billed eye test.

By Francis Chen

Optometrist at 1001 Optical. 

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