Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a medical imaging technique that uses light waves to produce a cross-sectional image of your retina. A bit like an MRI for the rest of your body, it’s an advanced diagnostic tool that allows optometrists to take 3D scans of the back and front of your eyes – and may assist with the early detection of eye conditions and other health issues (1).

At Aphrodite Livanes Eyecare Plus, we are committed to providing you the highest standard of eye healthcare available. We are equipped with the latest technologies, including being able to provide OCT eye exams.

What to Expect

An OCT eye exam is a relatively simple, painless and straight forward procedure. You will be seated in front of our OCT machine with your head rested on a comfortable support. We may need to give you eye drops to dilate your pupils, to make it easier to examine your retina.

Our experienced technician will then instruct you to focus on a target while a scanning device captures detailed, high-resolution images of your retina. The process involves a low-power laser, and there is no exposure to harmful radiation. The entire exam typically takes about 15 minutes.

OCT Retinal Scan

Retinal Photograph

The Benefits of Optical Coherence Tomography


OCT is the first technology of its kind to allow us to look beneath the surface of your retina at the layers below. We can microscopically magnify these layers, and measure and monitor them to detect abnormal changes which would otherwise not become apparent until much later in the development of a disease.

The images show exceptional detail and enable us to compare your eyes over time, showing changes that would be impossible to detect without this revolutionary new equipment.

In addition to eye diseases such as glaucoma (2), age-related macular degeneration (3), and diabetic retinopathy (4), an OCT eye exam is also useful for detecting early signs of other health concerns. For example, a retinal blockage may indicate potential issues like diabetes, strokes, or blood clotting disorders. In a case like this, our optometrists may refer you for further testing (5).

While these may all be potentially serious conditions, the good news is that early detection means treatment can be started at a much earlier stage, and may help to preserve your sight or treat your health condition more successfully (6).

FAQ about OCT

Who Might Need an OCT Eye Exam?

Anyone who wants the best available eye care may benefit from an OCT eye exam, but in particular we recommend it for:

  • People aged over 40
  • Those with family history of eye problems
  • Diabetics and smokers
  • Anyone with health problems or taking medication that may affect the eyes
  • Anyone who has had an abnormality detected using any other methods
  • Anyone with particular concerns regarding their vision or eye health

Are There any Risks?

When performed by an experienced eye care professional such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist, an OCT eye exam is generally considered a safe, non-invasive procedure. Patients may experience a mild flashing light or feel the sensation of the brief scan, but there is no harm, discomfort, or downtime associated with this exam.

Is it covered by Medicare?

OCT eye exams are not yet covered by Medicare, however Medicare has approved a fee to be charged in addition to the normal consultation fee.

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