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OCT

Connecticut Retina Consultants

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in New Haven, CT & Fairfield County, CT

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a cutting-edge technology that provides detailed images of the inside of your eye. The highly qualified ophthalmologists at Connecticut Retina Consultants have considerable experience in using OCT technology to help treat patients at their offices in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Call Connecticut Retina Consultants today to find out more or arrange a consultation.

OCT Q & A

What is OCT?

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a relatively recent development in imaging technology that your ophthalmologist at Connecticut Retina Consultants uses for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the retina.

OCT is a safe and effective tool that can help your ophthalmologist manage conditions such as:

The OCT scan provides a detailed view of the inside structures of the eye that’s invaluable in monitoring patients who have conditions such as dry AMD (age-related macular degeneration). OCT is also crucial in diagnosing wet AMD.

In addition, OCT is useful for evaluating disorders affecting the optic nerve. The OCT exam can be of great assistance in helping your ophthalmologist spot the changes to fibers in your optic nerve that could indicate the start of glaucoma.

How does OCT work?

OCT works in a similar way to ultrasound, but whereas ultrasound uses sound waves to create images, OCT uses light waves to create cross-sectional views of your retina. The pictures obtained using OCT are high-resolution images ideal for examining the retina at a microscopic level.

Using OCT, your ophthalmologist at Connecticut Retina Consultants can see these images of your retina in seconds. The technology is noninvasive and doesn’t use any ionizing radiation, unlike an X-ray. The detail and quality of images taken using optical coherence tomography is superior to other diagnostic imaging tests.

Because OCT uses light wave technology, it won’t work for conditions that block or disrupt the way light passes through your eye. These types of conditions include dense cataracts and vitreous hemorrhage.

What happens during an OCT exam?

The OCT exam takes 5-10 minutes at most. Your ophthalmologist at Connecticut Retina Consultants puts drops in your eye to dilate the pupil. This makes it easier to see your retina.

For the OCT exam, you sit in front of the machine and put your head on the specially designed support. The head support helps you keep completely still while the scanning takes place.

Once the exam is over, you can carry on with your day as usual. However, you might find that the eye drops make you sensitive to light for a few hours.

To arrange a consultation with the expert ophthalmologists at Connecticut Retina Consultants or to book an appointment for an eye exam, call the office nearest you today.