Newest Technology – OCT Scanner
Dr. Nolt is proud to introduce the latest cutting edge technology, Daytona optomap in retinal imaging, the OCT scanner. This amazing device allows your eye doctor to see retinal, optic nerve and cornea structures not visible through regular exam methods by using light to provide a high resolution scan meant to pick up early signs of structural change or disease. This allows your eye doctor to see even the smallest changes in the retina and optic nerve with greater accuracy, and much higher definition, making early and accurate detection of common sight threatening eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, easier than ever before.
The high resolution images produced by the OCT Scan provide a personal benchmark for each person’s ocular health and helps detect sudden changes through the years, and since the images show up automatically on a computer monitor, you are able to see for yourself everything the doctor is telling you about your eye health, allowing you to take an active role in preserving your valuable sense of sight.
The Patient Experience
The patient experience is also fast, easy and painless, with a noticeable focus on maximizing patient convenience and eliminating patient discomfort. Nothing touches your eye at any time and it is suitable for the whole family, from youngest to oldest. The exam consists of taking a brief look into the device one eye at a time. You will see a comfortable flash of light, which lets you know the image of your retina has been taken, and you’re done!
Dr. Nolt recommends an OCT scan to every patient, “The quality of the OCT scan and the amount of information we can get from this scan is of great value. Often, we find that a patient thinks his or her vision is very good, but when we administer the scan, we find that, at the cellular level, there are important changes that signify possible issues that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. Early detection and effective prevention are the most important parts of beating any disease, and this is where the OCT shines!”
Dr. Nolt answers questions about the new OCT technology:
Q. Can you describe what the OCT technology is used for, and explain how it works?
The OCT technology is similar in many ways to the technology used in an ultrasound. Like an ultrasound used sound to detect mass, an OCT scanner used light to detect different pathologies that could be present in the eye. Once the scan is complete, the OCT creates an HD image of the scan, and stores it with your records. So you can always go back and see your earlier scans. The amazing technology of the OCT allows doctors have a microscopic view of the different layers of the retina. The retina is the most important component of the eye.
Q. What components, or how much of the retina, does the OCT look at and give imaging for?
The OCT technology allows us to look at two main parts of the retina, the macula and the optic nerve.The optic nerve is important because it is the part of the eye that carries all information from your eye to your brain. The macula is the portion of the eye where the photoreceptor cells are most dense. These are the two most important part of the eye to look at to diagnose eye disease early. When we can diagnose disease early, we can begin treatment before the eye is damaged.
Q. What types of eye diseases and disorders can be discovered?
The main eye diseases that we are able to diagnose using the OCT is Glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Other eye conditions and diseases we can diagnose using the OCT include diabetes, genetic diseases, congenital eye disorders, retinitis pigmentosa, and retinal holes.
Q. What is it about this particular technology that you feel most excited about?
As eye doctors we are very excited to be able to see the retina with such clarity. Realize that the retina is only 300 microns thick (0.3 millimeters) and with the OCT we can magnify the retina so much we can see it with our naked eyes! So, when we use the OCT, we are able to see the very beginnings of eye diseases that we could never see without such magnification. Another thing that is wonderful about the OCT is the fact that it is clear and easy to understand, and our patients get a lot more information than was possible before this technology.
Q. Can you describe the patient experience when using the OCT?
Yes, the the experience for the patient is easy and comfortable. The procedure is as follows: the patient sits in a chair with his or her face close to the camera. After gazing at a green light for two seconds, the test is over. There isn’t even a problem with blinking, because the scanner makes sure that your eyes are aligned for the scan.
Q. Do your patients who have been coming to you for years appreciate the upgrade in technology?
All of our patients are extremely appreciative that we stay on top of the newest advances in technology. They feel confident that we have done a thorough eye exam, and they can go home calm. They are relieved to know that their eyes are healthy.
Q. How does this technology improve comprehensive eye exams compared to the days when we did not have an OCT in the optometric office?
The most far-reaching and really wonderful change is that we eye doctors are now able to detect eye disease earlier, so we are saving more of our patient’s vision. Another big change is that we are able to complete many tests in our office that we previously needed to refer out. When patients had to go to other eye specialists, they often waited weeks for a diagnosis. Now we diagnose eye disease on the same day that the patient has the appointment. Also with the OCT, the eye exam experience is more interesting and educational.
Q. Which patients do you recommend have an OCT scan?
I recommend that all my patients have an OCT exam. The OCT is a great screening tool, and also a great educational tool. Patients who should absolutely have an OCT scan are patients who suffer with particular eye diseases, such as Glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.