OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of the retina. This allows the ophthalmologist to map and measure the thickness of each layer of the retina. These measurements help with diagnosis and provide treatment guidance for retinal diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic eye disease.

An OCT exam is a non-invasive way for your ophthalmologist to take a detailed look at your retina. This scan can help detect early signs of disease and help in making a diagnosis.

Preparation for OCT

To prepare you for the exam, your ophthalmologist may or may not put dilating eye drops in your eyes. These drops widen your pupil and make it easier to examine the retina. Once the drops have taken effect, you will sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head on a support to keep it motionless. The equipment will then scan your eye without touching it. Scanning takes about 5 to 10 minutes. If your eyes were dilated, they may be sensitive to light for several hours after the exam.

What conditions can OCT help diagnose?

OCT is a useful tool for diagnosing many eye conditions, including:

  • Macular hole
  • Macular pucker
  • Macular edema
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Central serous retinopathy
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Vitreous traction

OCT is often used to evaluate disorders of the optic nerve as well. The OCT exam helps your ophthalmologist see changes to the fibers of the optic nerve. For example, it can detect changes caused by glaucoma.

Why Choose us

It is important to do your research when looking for a proper set up to perform an OCT(Optical Coherence Tomography) test. Choose a diagnostic ophthalmology set up with a knowledgeable and caring technical staff in order to find the best possible result and report for the eye test advised to you.

Acuity Eye Center is known for using state-of-the-art software and providing high-quality care for patients needing OCT(Optical Coherence Tomography) examination. The clinic makes every patient feel like part of the EyeAcuity family from the moment they walk through the doors.

As a physician, Dr Zia ul Mazhry at Acuity Eye Center is a specialist in interpreting and reporting OCT(Optical Coherence Tomography) tests with more than 3 decades of experience in the field of Ophthalmology. He has got his post-graduation from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Glasgow and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. An evidence-based approach is used right from testing, interpretation, and reporting of the tests performed. Generally speaking, Dr Zia ul Mazhry and his staff are dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality eye care to their patients across the board.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an OCT?
An OCT scan is an important tool for Ophthalmic Technologist to assess the health of their patients' eyes. OCT scans allow ophthalmic technologist to see beneath the surface of the eye, which helps them to identify any potential problems early on.
What happen during an OCT test?
During an OCT scan, a machine will take pictures of the inside of your eye using low-powered laser light. The most common things that the machine will take pictures of are your retina and your optic nerve. The machine does all of this without touching your eye.
Is dilation required for OCT?
It does not usually require dilation of the pupil to acquire images, although this may still be required depending on individual circumstances.
Why should I have an OCT scan?
There are many benefits to having an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scan in addition to your regular eye exam. OCT scans provide much more detailed information about the overall health of your eyes, which can help us to detect problems early and provide timely treatment for better outcomes.
How much does OCT test cost?
It will cost you 8000 PKR.


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