Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive image test that uses light waves to take pictures of the retina. At Wight Eye Care, our optometrist in Loves Park, IL may use various methods of vision testing to detect eye issues associated with both chronic disease and aging. What happens during an OCT ANGIO eye exam? When should you ask your doctor about having such a procedure? Read on to find out.
What Happens During an OCT Exam?
Our eye doctor may prepare your eyes for vision testing by dilating them with eye drops. The eye drops are used to widen the pupil and make it easier to examine the retina. Some patients have pupils that are wide enough for examination without dilation, so this step is not necessary for everyone. After this step, you will sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head on the support bar to keep it steady throughout the test. The equipment scans your eyes for anywhere from five to 10 minutes and produces results that our optometrist will use to accurately diagnose any eye conditions you are suffering from.
What Can an OCT Scan Detect?
An OCT scan may be used to diagnose several issues before they get out of hand, including:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Vitreous Traction
- Macular Edema
Our eye doctor may also use the results of an OCT scan to analyze disorders related to the optic nerve. Our optometrist can use the results of this exam to track changes in your eyes over time that may not be easily detectable.
Is an OCT Right for You?
Those whose eyes require dilation for an OCT scan may find their vision sensitive to bright lights for several hours after the test. Cataracts interfere with light passing through the eye, so those with cataracts may not benefit from this kind of test. Only an eye doctor can determine if you would be a good candidate for an OCT scan.
Contact Our Optometrist in Loves Park, IL for Vision Testing
Do not wait until the signs of deteriorating vision are apparent. Scheduling an eye exam with an optometrist in Loves Park, IL, is the first step in your quest for good eye health. For more information on OCT ANGIO retinal imaging or to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, call Wight Eye Care today at (815) 708-7083.