What is an OCT?

Published on
June 22, 2022

OCT stands for optical coherence tomography. It is a non-invasive imaging test. It is an advanced eye imaging technology that uses lightwaves to create a detailed image of the back part of the eye. An eye doctor can see all of the distinct layers of a patient's eye at any given time with an OCT.

What conditions does OCT help diagnose?

OCT helps eye doctors detect early signs of common eye conditions. OCT can help diagnose conditions such as:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Macular edema
  • Macular pucker
  • Swelling
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Vitreous traction
  • Other disorders of the optic nerve head

OCT at Amplify Eyecare Manhattan

We have recently installed new technologies such as the Maestro2 OCT imaging equipment in our office, allowing us to better manage and take care of our patients. When we are able to detect certain eye conditions in their early stages, we are better able to provide treatment at an earlier stage which can result in a better prognosis for these eye conditions.

How does OCT help in treating glaucoma?

The standard tests for glaucoma, such as dilating the patient, checking the optic nerve head, measuring the patient's eye pressure, and assessing the patient's visual field, are also combined with the OCT since the latter can quantify and tell us what thickness the nerve fiber layer of a patient is. It is important because in glaucoma, there's damage to the optic nerve head and we assess the damage if there's thinning of the nerve fiber layer. OCT provides quantitative information by measuring the actual thickness of the nerve fiber layer. In addition, it helps determine where the nerve fiber layer is thinning.

What is OCT imaging? How does it help in treating an eye condition?

Another great aspect of OCT is that our eye doctor can take baseline photos so when the patient returns for a follow up, they can take another OCT image and then compare to see if there has been any progress.

Therefore, if they are on the fence about whether a patient should be put on another glaucoma eye drop, they can use OCT to see how fast a patient is progressing and determine whether they need additional treatment. 

Rather than rely solely on OCT results, they always take the big picture into account when making decisions about treatment. OCT definitely provides our eye care specialists with valuable information not just about glaucoma, but about so many other eye conditions as well. 

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam

We welcome you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with our eye doctors at Amplify EyeCare Manhattan. Please schedule as soon as possible if you have any of the above mentioned conditions that OCT can help diagnose and treat. Please call us at (212) 752-6930 so that we can make sure that your eyes are healthy and that we can perform a thorough evaluation while using the tools, such as OCT, we have available at our office to provide you with the best care.

Testimonials


  • 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.

  • As a long time patient and grateful recipient of Dr Kavner's care for my whole family I can wholeheartedly tell others his care is exemplary. His knowledge base is thrilling, and how ability to synthesize his wisdom into useful, accessible information is comforting, to say the least. I cannot say enough about this kind, gentle man and his legendary skills - he was one of the fathers of Occupational Optometry.

     


    Alicia C.

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