Optical Coherence Tomography -OCT

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC has the latest technology including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to screen for eye disease and provide co-management for certain conditions with ophthalmology. As an established clinic of 14 years, our optometrists have developed great contacts for quick referrals to some of the top ophthalmologists in the greater Montreal area. 

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-sectional images of the retina. The OCT scans your eye without touching it. Sometimes, when people hear the word “scan” they think radiation. There is absolutely no radiation involved with the OCT scan. It is perfectly safe. There are no known risks associated with OCT scans and they don’t hurt.

We offer different OCT scans at ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC

  1. nerve scan
  2. retina scan
  3. Measurement of the irido-corneal angle

OCT of the nerve

OCT allows for easier detection of glaucoma by measuring the density of the nerve fiber layers of the eye and the ganglion cell layer complex. We recommend routine OCT nerve scans for patients with a family history of glaucoma.

OCT of the retina

Retinal OCT is of particular importance for patients suspicious for age-related macular degeneration or known for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We recommend that all our patients with ‘dry’ AMD are monitored closely for conversion to the ‘wet’ form. OCT testing allows us to see the deep and inner retinal layers and is useful in detecting subtle changes indicating conversion to the ‘wet’ form.

OCT of the irido-corneal angle

Another feature of the OCT at our clinic is that it provides a measurement of the irido-corneal angle. This measurement is useful for assessment of narrow angles and can sometimes replace or be used in addition to gonioscopy. If you have narrow angles, you could be at risk for angle-closure glaucoma.

 OCT is useful in the detection and management of several eye conditions:

  • glaucoma
  • optic neuropathies
  • central serous retinopathy (CSR)
  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • plaquenil toxicity
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • hypertensive retinopathy
  • epiretinal membrane
  • optic disc edema
  • retinoschisis

During your routine eye exam at ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC, your optometrist might suggest an OCT. We have invested in the latest technology in  Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to allow for earlier detection and better management of certain eye disease. BOOK your comprehensive eye exam today.