We recommend everyone has an advanced eye test using the latest in optical technology.
At Sarah Dineen Opticians, we can deliver hospital quality eyecare to detect sight-threatening eye conditions at their earliest with our OCT and Optomap scans as part of an advanced eye test.
We also offer regular private eye examinations and NHS appointments are available for those who are eligible.
Similar to how an ultrasound uses sound waves to scan the body, an OCT machine uses light waves to scan your eye and take an image of your retina. The image that’s created helps our optometrist to see what’s going on beneath the surface of your eye.
The picture details the layers that make up your retina at the back of the eye. The thickness of these layers can reveal a great amount about the health of your eye and detect serious eye conditions like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
What Happens In An OCT Scan?
An OCT image is non-invasive and quick. You’ll be asked to rest your chin on the machine to keep your head steady and look into the camera. A small flash will appear just like the flash from a regular camera.
Your retina (found in the back of your eye) is the only place in your body where blood vessels can be seen directly.
Our Optometrist can detect the first signs of eye conditions and health problems such as stroke, diabetes and even some cancers in your retina, often before you have other symptoms.
An optomap makes it easier to see these problems as its technology captures more than 80% of your retina in a single image. Traditional imaging methods usually only show 15% of your retina at one time.
What Is Optomap & Why Is It Important?
Having an Optomap image taken is fast, painless and easy. You simply look through a small hole in the front of the machine as it takes a photograph of the back of your eye. There are no known side effects and it is safe for children as well as adults.