What is OCT Screening
OCT, Optical Coherence Tomography, is a procedure that allows your optician to take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross sectional scan of the back of your eye in one sitting. This allows us to identify a number of common conditions immediately.
The scan is non-invasive, painless and simple, just like having your photograph taken. What’s more, the software can automatically detect even the most subtle changes to the retina with every test you take. This gives you an invaluable ongoing record of the health and condition of your eyes.
How often should I have an OCT Screening?
Because of the benefits of regular OCT screening we recommend that you include an OCT examination with your regular sight test or at least once every two years. The greatest benefit is gained by allowing your optician to track changes in your eyes over time so that any conditions that require treatment are identified as early as possible.
How much does it cost?
OCT Scanners are very expensive and often this high cost is passed onto the patient. Some private hospitals charge more that £150 per scan. We believe that an OCT examination is so important to your overall health that we include an OCT examination in your regular sight test, where appropriate, at no additional cost. For OCT examinations outside of your regular sight tests a small, £10 fee will apply.