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OCT examination

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in patients with various retinal disorders


Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an established high-resolution imaging capable of non-invasive, cross-sectional and real-time monitoring of the retinal nerve fibre layer.  

What conditions can OCT help to diagnose? 

  • glaucoma
  • macular hole (central vision damage)
  • eye cancer (oncology diseases)
  • macular edema in patients with diabetes
  • age-related macular degeneration

Accurate measurements can monitor the subsequent disease development and efficacy of the established treatment. 


Which patients shall undergo the OCT examination?  

OCT examination is recommended for every patient:

  • aged 40 as a prevention of glaucoma when the disease can be detected in time,
  • aged 50 as a prevention of early detection of age-related macular degeneration that will be according to newest medical findings the most common cause of blindness in the coming decades.

We recommend everyone to have an OCT scan even if he or she does not have any symptoms yet.


What happens during OCT examination?

To prepare the patient for the OCT examination, the ophthalmologist puts - after the initial measurements and control - dilating eye drops into his or her eyes which widen the pupil and make it easier to examine the retina. The OCT machine will scan the eye and examine the state of the retina. Scanning that takes about 10 minutes is non-invasive, painless and without touching the eye.