3-D Imaging of the Eye

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a method of using light to scan and image tissue in the body. Other types of imaging use sound or radio frequency, and the OCT is able to obtain higher resolution because of its use of light. It’s been mostly used in the detection and treatment of eye conditions by imaging the retina, cornea, and tear film. Recent developments have been used in cardiology applications to help in diagnosing coronary artery disease. Recent grants have been awarded to develop OCT devices that can be applied to imaging areas of the body such as ears, cervical tissue, and skin.

Some of the ocular condition that we can detect with our Cirrus HD-OCT by Zeiss Ophthalmics, are glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal anomalies. The testing is easy for a patient, and it gives us incredibly detailed images of various parts of the eye. We can also image the tear film on the front of the eye in the detection and management of dry eye disease, along with measuring corneal thickness for screening lasik candidates. OCT testing is usually covered by medical insurance as long as there is a medical condition to report.

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