Black & Lizars has invested in equipment now being used at the forefront of eye health care: Optical Coherence Tomography.
What is OCT?
OCT is an extremely advanced 3D scan of the eye for people of
all ages. It works in a similar way to ultrasound but uses
light waves rather than sound waves. This allows us to
illustrate the different layers that make up both the front and
back of the eyes.
How does OCT work?
Using light reflected from the front or the back of the eye, the
OCT creates a highly detailed picture in two or three
dimensions. This can give your optometrist a view of your
eyes on a microscopic level. The major benefit of this is
that it allows your optometrist to literally see beneath the
surface, allowing them to view structures and sections of the eye
that would be otherwise invisible.
Never before has it been easier to find out the exact state and
location of a particular eye condition. Your optometrist can
then review the images on a PC screen and pin point areas of
concern by digitally peeling back the layers until they define any
areas requiring further investigation.
Having an OCT scan taken is a quick and easy process.
Nothing comes into contact with the eye and it is completely pain
free. You will be asked to look at a target and the scan will
be taken in less than a minute, much like getting a photograph
What conditions can be detected with
By utilising OCT scanning, we can now detect a number of key eye
conditions, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration
(AMD) and diabetic eye changes during a routine eye
These conditions can often be detected earlier than would be
possible without these images.
Where is OCT scanning available?
OCT imaging is available at the following practices:-
In many cases you will not have to
pay for an OCT scan but if you would like to have a scan taken
privately, it will cost £30.