OCT and Digital Retinal Imaging
Fitzroy North Eye Centre has invested in state of the art optical equipment to provide you with the most comprehensive eye health testing available today. We can now detect eye health problems even earlier, in many cases before you experience any noticeable symptoms. As your eye health practitioners, our objective is to preserve your long term eye health and vision.
What is OCT scanning?
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a sophisticated scanning system that provides highly detailed images of the iternal structures of the eye. It is often likened to an MRI or ultrasound, allowing us to view 3D cross sectional images of the retina, the innermost layers of your eyes.
Whilst other testing procedures show the surface of your retina, an OCT scan differs in that it reveals what is below its surface. An OCT scan also measures the thickness of your retinal nerve fibre layer, a measurment that is a reliable indicator of the health of the optic nerve.
Using this cutting edge technology we can more accurately identify and treat eye disease and conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and optic nerve damage from glaucoma. As these conditions can cause vision impairment and even blindness, early detection and management can safeguard your vision for the future.
How does it work?
An OCT scan only takes a few minutes. No discomfort will be experienced. A special camera using laser light takes an image of your retina then uploads the OCT images to a compter. We store these images electronically so that we can monitor changes over time.
What is the cost of an OCT scan?
The fee is not rebateable from Medicare . It does includes a digital retinal image. Currently our fee is $75 ($65 for pension card and health care card holders). We use this technology as part of all our initial and long consultations as we can detect eye disease early and monitor your eye health optimally.