OCT Technology and Glaucoma Detection: A Patient's Story at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan

Published on
April 11, 2023

Amplify EyeCare Manhattan has recently obtained a new tool that provides valuable insight into eye health. This equipment is called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), an advanced technology that uses light waves to produce highly detailed images of the back part of the eye, such as glaucoma detection. OCT is capable of identifying early indications of common eye disorders, making it an incredible asset.

What conditions does OCT help diagnose?

OCT assists our optometrists in managing various eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other ocular and retinal disorders. With OCT, we can detect any ocular changes necessitating intervention at an early stage. Early detection is critical since it enables doctors to intervene and treat the condition, which leads to a more favorable prognosis.

Using an OCT, how did Dr. Pinkhasov diagnose glaucoma in her patient?

Our optometrist, Dr. Pinkhasov, used OCT to diagnose a patient with glaucoma. The patient was concerned about developing glaucoma due to a family history of the disease, which is often asymptomatic until irreversible damage has occurred in the eye. Dr. Pinkhasov dilated the patient's pupils, examined the optic nerves, and checked for any glaucomatous defects. Additionally, she measured the patient's pressure, which was borderline. Dr. Pinkhasov took an OCT image to examine the thickness of the patient's nerve fiber layer, which is part of the optic nerve. Glaucoma causes optic nerve damage, and any thinning indicates harm to the nerve. The microscopic image of the patient's nerve fiber layer provided Dr. Pinkhasov with a quantitative measurement, which revealed some borderline thinning. Consequently, she had to monitor the patient closely since thinning was already present. A second OCT photograph was taken after two or three months to determine if the thinning had increased, and this quantitative measurement allowed Dr. Pinkhasov to recommend that the patient begin treatment.

How does an OCT work as a patient education tool?

OCT is an effective tool for educating patients. At Amplify EyeCare Manhattan, our practice offers cutting-edge tools that serve as excellent educational resources. Often, patients do not fully understand the eye doctor's explanation. When patients have an image to compare their retina with a normal retina, they are better equipped to comprehend the condition of their eyes. Thus, patients and doctors can work together more effectively to manage any eye conditions.

Schedule an Appointment Today and Experience the Benefits of OCT Technology!

Don't wait until it's too late to address potential eye issues. Schedule your comprehensive eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan and experience the benefits of advanced OCT technology. Our skilled eye doctors can provide early diagnosis and management of eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Plus, the OCT technology can serve as an educational resource, helping you better understand the condition of your eyes. Don't hesitate, schedule an appointment today by calling (212) 752-6930 for a thorough evaluation of your eye health!

Patients searching for advanced medical eye care visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

Ready to take charge of your eye health? Click here to schedule your comprehensive eye exam with our skilled optometrists and experience the benefits of OCT technology!


At Amplify with Dr Wernick I was seeking help for seemingly intractable, probably age-related dryness. I've seen other doctors about it, and that has been helpful, but what he explained to me about it and the careful way he answered all my questions gave me so much more of a clear understanding of what is going on (and is not) that I am more able to implement all his and others' recommendations than I was before. And he gave me additional resources for further follow-up. I am most grateful.

Cynthia Norton

Wow! This is a great Eye Care medical facility. I was thoroughly examined by Dr. Pinkhasov for over 2 hours. She made sure to check my eyes for pretty much everything and patiently explained proper care for my eyes. They definitely know how to provide great care and treat their patients right. Now I know why they have such a great reputation and been around for so long.

Steve Fay

Dr. Kavner is a gifted diagnostician and orthoptic therapist. He treated me several decades ago for a condition similar to dyslexia. I was having migraines five times per week. I worked with him for about a year and I experienced tremendous improvement (down to 3-4 per year) that has lasted.

Mary K.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!

Peter G.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!

Kinkie F.

I have always found Dr Kavner's work, expertise and wisdom of the highest caliber. As one of the fathers of OT, occupational othomology, his depth and breadth of knowledge about the eyes' health and wellbeing of the patient is exemplary. Cannot say enough good things about him.

Allen B.
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