Spectralis 4D OCT
We are proud to be one of the first practices in the UK to have the new Spectralis 4D OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer). Using this phenomenal machine and incredible computer technology we can now diagnose so many more eye problems at the earliest possible stage. We are able to treat eye conditions sooner and prevent many from even developing at all which is the main aim of our job.
The Retina is the inner lining at the back of your eye. It acts in a similar way to the film in a camera, capturing the image of what you see and then transferring this image to the brain for interpretation. When an Optometrist looks into your eye or takes a photograph, it is the retina that they are looking at. Conventional digital cameras, used in many opticians, just look at the top surface of the retina, but a lot of problems in the eye actually start at a deeper level.
The Spectralis 4D OCT Eye Scanner is the equivalent to a CAT scan of your eye. Unlike retinal photographs, this new system not only allows us to take a very high resolution detailed image of your retina but also helps us look below the surface at each layer of the retina to create a High-Definition map that provides us with information never before available. We can even see details in the walls of your blood vessels and tiny individual nerve fibres. This helps us to find the smallest sign of problems such as diabetic eye disease, vascular problems, neavi (moles), glaucoma, macular degeneration, oedema and retinal holes long before they may be visible on the retinal surface and can be seen by standard retinal photography or by looking into your eyes (ophthalmoscopy).
The new Spectralis 4D OCT can help us diagnose and monitor all these conditions with the accuracy of one thousandth of a millimetre. Earlier detection leads to earlier treatment, a better prognosis and in some cases prevention of conditions developing at all. The Spectralis 4D OCT scan not only helps us detect eye conditions but can sometimes also show signs associated with brain tumours, high cholesterol or uncontrolled blood pressure thus saving further health problems in the future and may even help prevent a stroke or heart attack.