Family Vision Center has always stayed up to date on the latest technologies to provide patients with the best possible vision care. The Stratford Family Vision Center location is upgrading their OCT machine to a new HD-OCT Model. OCT machines can be used to detect eye diseases, but how do they work?
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a relatively new imaging technique that scientists are certain can be used to detect or even prevent certain eye diseases. OCT machines work similar to an ultrasound but use infrared light waves to measure distances of eye structures. Snapshots are taken at different depths and the lines are then combined to a cross-sectional image.
OCT machines can generate images of the retina and can bypass the optics of the eye allowing for almost 25 times better resolution than other imaging machines. This better resolution allows eye care providers to see the layers and details of the retina. OCT machines allow the doctors at Family Vision Center to see the tiniest details inside the eye and detect and treat any possible eye diseases before damage is done.
According to the American Foundation for the Blind, in the United States there are approximately 10 million blind and visually impaired people. Researchers are confident that the 3-D images which are created by the new OCT machine can reveal a mass amount of information about vision and play a big part in preventing blindness. No symptoms are apparent with certain eye diseases which is why early detection is so important.
Although the Stratus OCT Version which Family Vision Center once used works fine, some great improvements have been made with the latest OCT machine, the Cirrus HD-OCT Model 4000. Unlike the original OCT machine, the HD-OCT machine allows the main compartments of the macular area; the retinal volume, subretinal fluid volume and pigment epithelial detachment volume to be visualized. Ophthalmology is likely change dramatically with the recent changes in OCT imaging. As OCT imaging further advances, it may become part of the routine procedures performed by eye care practitioners.