Major medical conditions can be found by simply examining your eyes
We are pleased to announce that our Horden practice (Gibson Opticians) has recently invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment that can detect a number of common eye conditions. These include glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy.
The equipment is called 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (3D OCT) and is the second such diagnostic machine in the Cooper & Leatherbarrow company; the other being at the Darlington practice.
What is OCT?
Ocular Coherence Tomography is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to reveal the many layers that make up the back of the eye.
This particular 3D OCT unit captures a digital photograph of the inner surface of the eye at the same time, so that areas of concern identified by the scan can be cross referenced with the classic view that your optometrist sees.
In other words, if you’re looking at an iced cake before it has been sliced, you don’t know if it contains jam, cream or chocolate layers; equally if it is lumpy or smooth. With OCT, it had never been easier to locate and identify eye conditions that affect the layers below the surface.
Striving to provide the best eye care, Cooper & Leatherbarrow can now provide this state of the art diagnostic tool with your eye test, if you so desire. There is an additional charge for the OCT scan, but the benefits are obvious; you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your eyes are in great condition.
Make sure that when booking your next eye test, you ask about an OCT scan.