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What is an Optical Coherence Tomography?

By admin | Jul 31, 2017

Optical coherence tomography also known as an OCT has multiple beneficial uses in the field of Ophthalmology and retina. Optical coherence tomography is a non- invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross section pictures of the nerve fiber layers in the retina. The layers in the retina are measured by your ophthalmologist according to their thickness which is used to diagnose several retinal diseases. Analyzing retinal macular thickness can aid in detecting retinal edema and atrophy.  Subtle changes in the structure of the layers can be hallmarks of diseases such as diabetes and macular degeneration.

An OCT is often used to evaluate pathologies of the posterior and anterior segment of the eyes. OCT has the ability to detect early onset eye conditions and diseases before the patient may exhibit any symptoms. These diseases include age related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. In addition to detection of ocular pathologies, OCT also aids in tracking the progression of the condition and its response to treatment.

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Optical Coherence Tomography

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Here at Retina Consultants of Boston, Dr. John J. Weiter and Dr. Namrata Nandakumar are on the forefront of diagnostic techniques, treatment and micro-surgical techniques for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes, and a number of other issues affecting the vitreous and retina. Check back here frequently for news and updates on our practice and all things retina!