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Rtvue-OCT scanning

The Rtvue-OCT performs a simple yet powerful test which helps doctors identify early signs of eye problems which can lead to irreversible blindness. The test is quick, completely painless and does not touch the eye.

Diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy tend to progress without any symptoms in the early stages. Age is a major risk factor for development of many eye conditions because they typically develop over the course of one’s lifetime. That is why it is vital to be tested for these conditions early with the Rtvue-OCT. The later a disease is discovered, the more difficult it is to treat.

The Rtvue-OCT uses light to image the structures in the back of the eye to help our doctors detect changes in the retina caused by diabetes, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. The information the image provides can affect the doctor’s decision about the need for further testing or treatment.

Dr. Koop and Dr. Martinek pair the OCT scanning with the optomap imaging as a part of the comprehensive eye health evaluation.

What do the scans look like?

OCT scan

Why do I need the scans every year?

Our doctors repeat the OCT scans at each annual eye exam so that they can watch for changes over time. With the detail available in these 3D scans, our doctors can manipulate the images to be able to see almost every layer of the eye to watch for thinning of layers, changes in blood vessels, and many other changes that indicate possible ocular disease.Because each individual’s eyes are unique, the most effective way to detect signs of eye disease is to monitor these changes annually.