Reduce the risk of glaucoma and macular degeneration by booking an appointment at our specialist OCT clinic
Why do we run an OCT clinic?
We’ve treated a lot of people that have previously visited other practices and had their glaucoma and macular degeneration missed or poorly explained. We decided to use these experiences and open our very own specialist clinic for anyone in the March and Fenlands areas at high risk of glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Every Friday we run a specialist diagnostic OCT clinic to protect your eyes against macular degeneration and glaucoma. It’s vital that these conditions are detected as early as possible and treatment administered.
Who is at risk?
These risk factors are commonly linked to glaucoma and macular degeneration:
- Age – macular degeneration and glaucoma become more likely as you get older.
- Gender – women are more likely to develop macular degeneration than men.
- Family – you are at risk of developing glaucoma if there is a history of the condition in your family. A number of genes that you inherit can have an impact on whether you develop macular degeneration.
- Smoking – studies have shown that smoking has a direct link to macular degeneration.
- Short-sightedness – If you are very short-sighted, you have a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
- Sunlight – Long-term exposure to sunlight may affect the retina and increase the risk of macular degeneration.
The OCT test
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging method used to take a detailed image of your retina. It measures the health of the retina and highlights any areas that require close inspection. It can also highlight conditions such as macular holes and diabetes, as well as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
When you join us in practice for the scan, our experienced optometrist will explain the procedure to you. They will then set you up in front of our state-of-the-art OCT machine. The machine scans each eye for a few minutes and then sends the images to a monitor so that our optometrist can analyse your retina. At no point will the OCT machine come in contact with you.
After analysing the results, our optometrist will explain their findings to you as simply as possible. We want you to understand any conditions that you have and recognise the benefits of treatment that we advise.
If we feel that you require further examination because we have identified a condition that may affect your vision, we will book you in for more regular check-ups with us.
We are the only practice in the March and Fenlands area that runs a specialist OCT clinic every Friday, so be sure to book your appointment with us in advance.
Booking an appointment at our specialist OCT clinic with our experienced and passionate optometrist is easy. Simply call us on 01354 652 418 and speak to a member of our friendly team, or visit our book an appointment page and we will call you to confirm your appointment.