Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye.

OCT is like an ultrasound of your eye, it gives you a picture of the back of the eye below the surface of the retina. The instrument looks at all the layers of the retina and the optic nerve. The OCT is particularly excellent at evaluating disorders effecting your central vision in the area of your retina called the macula and optic nerve disorders like glaucoma.

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The OCT technology is the most revolutionary piece of equipment for optometrists to evaluate eye disorders of all parts of the eye in the last fifty years. Patients are wowed by the ability to see the different layers of the back of their eyes, just by putting their head on a chin rest and having them look straight at the target. They can appreciate the high-end technology which is not available at many optometrist offices. It reduces unnecessary referrals to specialists thereby reducing costs to our patients.

Patients who are at a high risk of macular degeneration or glaucoma can now routinely have OCT performed. Our patients are most grateful to have their extensive eye-care done at our office without requiring visits to external specialists.

Watch Neuro-opthalmologist Tariq Bhatti, MD, at Duke University Eye Center, discuss the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in evaluating multiple sclerosis (MS) progression and the effects of treatments.


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