Occular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
The OCT is an expensive piece of equipment that is the “gold standard” for eye examinations. Until a few years ago these tests were only available in large hospitals and clinics in the major cities, but Swan Hill Optical has made this available to the local community.
The Ocular Coherence Tomographer looks like something Luke Skywalker would use and has technology that could have come from a space ship. It uses infra-red light beams to scan the nerves at the back of the eye and combines these with a microscope to create a picture. This brilliant machine leads the way in testing and checking for eye diseases such as cancer, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes and Glaucoma.
The scan is completely painless and takes about 10 minutes. The pictures are kept on computer at the optometrist to compare the next time you visit.