OCT Imaging Now In Te Atatu AND New Lynn
- 24 February 2020
- Troy Cassidy
The hottest must-have instruments in eyecare today are ocular coherence tomographers - OCT. These amazing instruments use light waves to image and measure your eyes. Where a camera can only photograph visible lesions, an OCT can give us microscopic information about the structure of the eye. These instruments are invaluable for the diagnosis and management of eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration.
A good way to think about OCT is that it's like an ultrasound scan, except using light waves rather than sound waves.
We've had an OCT in our New Lynn office since 2014, and we are stoked to now have this great technology available in Te Atatu as well!
Our OCT's are able to take 50 000 scans per second, which is astonishing in itself. They use this data to build a 3 dimensional image of the optic nerve or retina, which we can use to more accurately look for eye problems.
Who benefits from having an OCT scan? We recommend anyone with glaucoma, macular degeneration, or a family history of these conditions should be scanned. There a plenty of other occasions when OCT can help us solve problems: reduced vision clarity, distorted vision, or new onset of flashes/floaters being examples.
We're genuinely excited to have this technology available in Te Atatu. Book An Appointment to see what the fuss is about!
OCT Scan of Troy's Macula:
About Troy Cassidy
Troy graduated from the University of Auckland Optometry programme in 1995, and has worked in optometry practices in NZ, Australia & the UK since then. Along with wife Stephanie, he has owned and operated Cassidy Eyecare in west Auckland since 2010.