Optical coherence tomography (OCT) produces a cross-section image of the layers of the retina (the nerve and blood vessel tissue that coats the inside of the eye). Instead of simply looking at the surface of the retina, OCT provides a view of the layers behind the front surface.
This enables our optometrists to determine if there is any build-up of fluid in or behind the nerve layers of the retina or if there is a thinning or thickening of critical areas of the retinal tissue. OCT is used to detect and monitor many different eye diseases with much greater accuracy, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.
Optical coherence tomography is included in routine eye examinations for adults between 19 and 64 years of age. It is offered to seniors, but it is not routinely covered by Alberta Health Care for seniors. If a senior chooses to have this test done with their routine examination at Eye to Eye Optometry Clinic in Edmonton, there is a $15.00 fee for it.
To learn more about optical coherence tomography, please contact our office.