Optical Coherence Tomography

What is Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)?

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-contact, noninvasive, advanced imaging technique used to obtain high-resolution cross-sectional images of the retina.

What can Optical Coherence Tomography Diagnose?

OCT is often used to diagnose selected macular diseases such as macular holes, macular edema, age-related macular degeneration, central serous retinopathy, epiretinal membranes, and retinal inflammatory diseases.

How does OCT Technology Work?

OCT utilizes technology that is similar to CAT scans of internal organs, using a scattering of light to rapidly scan the eye to create an accurate cross-section. OCT also measures the thickness of retinal nerve fiber layers to diagnose glaucoma and other diseases of the optic nerve.

Is Optical Coherence Tomography Safe?

Unlike other imaging techniques, OCT uses no radiation, sound, or radiofrequency waves. As a result, there is no risk to the patient or harmful side-effects.

Optical Coherence Tomography is available at Illinois Retina Associates.

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