WHAT IS AN OCT EYE EXAMINATION?
You might be surprised to hear that some of the instruments and techniques used by your Optician have remained unchanged for more than a hundred years – the ophthalmoscope has been in use for 150 years. But new technologies are helping us spot conditions earlier than ever before.
OCT – Optical Coherence Tomography – is just one example of a groundbreaking imaging technology that is advancing the precision and quality of eye examinations.
With many sight-threatening conditions, time is of the essence. The sooner you take action, the more effective your treatment will be. That’s why Mackeys offers OCT as part of our Advanced Eye Examination.
This is not just a photograph - the machine uses a laser to scan the interior of your eye and build up a 3-dimensional model of your eye with the ability to see underneath the retina and into your optic nerve. The measurements can then be compared to an age-related database to see if your eyes are different to that expected, or can be compared from year to year so that we can discover small changes that may not normally be apparent with our other battery of tests.
What is OCT?
OCT lets us take images of the tissue behind the eye and a cross-section of many layers of the retina, not just the surface. It’s a little like an ultrasound for your eyes, and produces 3D high-definition scans.
Why should I have an OCT eye examination?
Having an OCT eye examination as part of your usual eye testing means we can spot issues sooner, detecting any changes to your eyes up to 5 years earlier than other methods, and long before you may notice any issues yourself.
It can highlight, or help us to detect early signs of common eye problems such as glaucoma, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration.
Our 3D high definition images let us see more of your eyes than ever before, and all your scans are stored as part of your records. So when you come in for your next appointment we can compare the images and accurately track any changes in your eye health.
OCT 3D - Laser scanners can detect early signs of glaucoma nerve fibre loss and macula changes that may not be otherwise visible. They may help explain why your vision may have changed. OCT's can also look behind any cataracts and other opacities to check that your retina and optic nerve are still healthy.
All this information lets us build a complete picture of your eyes, so that we can detect, track and treat eye conditions more effectively than ever.
What will happen at my OCT eye test?
An OCT machine takes scans of your eyes without touching them. The process is non-invasive and painless, and our expert Mackey optometrists are always on hand to answer any questions.
An Advanced Eye Examination costs just £50.00 for Private patients and just £28.48 for those who get a free NHS eye examination (for example - Over 60's, "On Benefits", Glaucoma suspects and Diabetics)
Please ask for other charges for individual OCT examinations and other professional fees.
How do I book an OCT test?
You can book your OCT eye examination test by booking online - Click here to book an Advanced Eye Examination today.
Or click on one of our eight OCT-3D practices to phone for an appointment:
- 422 Newtownards Road, Belfast
- 15 Church Lane, Belfast
- Carnmoney (Newtownabbey)
If you normally have your eyes examined at one of our other practices, we can arrange for you to have an OCT screening first at one of the listed practices and an OCT report will then be sent to your Optometrist before your appointment. All of our practices are listed below.