The doctors at Family Eye Care in North Andover utilize the latest in diagnostic technology to accurately diagnose eye diseases and conditions. The OCT, or Optical Coherence Tomography, is a critical device for the early diagnosis of several serious eye diseases and conditions.  

Optical Coherence Tomography  

Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT, is a non-invasive scan of the retina which provides your doctor with detailed, 3D, color-coded, and cross-sectional images of the macula and the retina. 

These images enable your doctor to detect signs of eye disease in early stages, which may not have any symptoms.

The OCT scan uses laser which enables your doctor to obtain high resolution images of your retina, macula, and optic nerve. You will be asked to sit in front of the OCT machine so that that the scan of your eyes can be completed. Nothing touches your eye, and the test is painless. The test takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete.

How are Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scans Used?    

If your doctor recommends you for the OCT scan, the scan can be used to diagnose, manage, or treat many different eye disease and conditions, including the following:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Macular edema
  • Glaucoma
  • Drusen
  • Retinal detachment
  • Occlusions, or bleeding
  • Macular hole
  • Neovascularization

If you are at risk of developing eye disease, or have other factors in your health history, your Family Eye Care doctor may recommend an OCT scan as part of your comprehensive eye exam. If you have already been diagnosed with an eye disease, an OCT scan will provide your doctor with valuable information to monitor your treatment.