Ocular Coherence Tomography is an advanced eye scan to locate eye conditions affecting layers beneath the surface of the eye.


OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) is an advanced eye scan. It has never been easier to locate and identify eye conditions that affect the layers that are beneath the surface of the eye. Similar to an ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to reveal the many layers that make up the back of the eye. The OCT captures a digital photo of the inner surface of the eye at the same time.  We can then review the images on a screen and pinpoint areas of concern. Using the OCT machine we can more confidently diagnose, manage or refer you to a specialist for further treatment should this be required. For the majority of patients OCT provides significant reassurance that the deeper layers of the eye are healthy

What can the scan check?

Common conditions identified through regular OCT screening include

  • Age- Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Holes
  • Vitreous Detachment

Who should have a scan?

We would recommend that all patients have a baseline OCT scan carried out, even those with healthy eyes. These baseline readings can be used as a reference to compare to future readings which may enable us to detect disease at a much earlier stage. 

Those with established conditions or a family history of eye disease can be monitored much more accurately and referred for treatment with an ophthalmologist if required.

The ultimate treatment of all sight threatening disease is of course prevention or early action which is why having an OCT is so important.

Make sure when booking your next appointment you ask about an OCT