Major medical conditions can be found by simply examining your eyes

Pople and Broad, optometric practice in Heathfield have recently invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment that can detect a number of key eye conditions, such as glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy during a routine eye test. This piece of equipment is called a 3D Optical Coherence Tomography system (3D OCT) and is manufactured by a world leading optical equipment manufacturer, Topcon.

What is OCT?
Ocular Coherence Tomography is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye. This particular 3D OCT unit captures a digital photograph of the surface of the eye at the same time and this can then be cross referenced across any areas of concer

The major benefit of this state of the art machine is that it allows your optometrist to see both the back of your eye, but also in a three dimensional image literary look beneath the surface of the regular retinal image.

Never before, has it been easier to find out the exact state and location of a particular eye condition. Your optometrist can then review the images on a PC screen and pin point areas of concern by digitally peeling the layers back until they define what it is that they have identified as requiring further investigation.

Using this machine, your optometrist can more confidently diagnose, manage and refer you to a specialist for further treatment, should this be required.

Thriving to provide the best eye care, Pople and Broad, your local optometrist can now provide this state of the art diagnostic tool with your eye test, if you so desire. There may be an additional charge for the OCT scan, but the benefits are obvious. So you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your eyes are in great condition.

Make sure that when booking your next eye test, you ask about an OCT scan.

Visual fields examination

A visual fields examination is often included in your normal eye examination if the optometrist feels it’s necessary, but it is also available by request if you wish to have one.