Optical Coherence Tomography
There are many general health conditions that can increase your risk for ocular problems of the retina and optic nerve. Common conditions are:
• Elevated cholesterol
As well, some of the medications used to treat health conditions may increase the risk. For instance, certain medications for arthritis can have a toxic effect on the retina.
Many diseases of the eye can also have a significant effect on the retina or optic nerve.
- The most common of these are:
- • Macular Degeneration
- • Glaucoma
- Macular hole
- Epi-retinal membrane
Technology has now advanced such that high quality imaging of the retina and optic nerve is possible in the office setting. We now have the instrumentation to provide OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT) for patients with these risks. OCT provides the most detailed scans of the retinal and optic nerve tissues and allows for earlier diagnoses and superior monitoring of these conditions. The doctors at Huron Optometric Centres strongly recommend baseline OCT scans with digital retinal photos for all patients with, or at risk for, diseases of the retina and optic nerve.
This new technology adds significant information to that of standard eye examinations and allows better on-going care for patients.
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover the fees for this advanced technology, but patients may be able to claim this through other health insurance. Regardless of coverage, it is a good investment to ensure your eye examination is as complete and modern as possible.