Optical Coherence Tomography

Dr. Christensen Offers Optical Coherence Tomography

Optical Coherence Tomography, also known as OCT, is an imaging technique that uses light waves to capture visual information within the patient's body, similar to an optical ultrasound. OCT is utilized for a variety of medical purposes, namely to identify and evaluate disorders. Here at Christensen Eyecare, we proud to offer OCT for residents in Dodge City, KS, and surrounding cities.


How OCT Relates to Optometry

Because this tomography type is so effective at detecting eye disease, many optometrists will use it in an eye clinic setting. Optical coherence tomography can deliver high-resolution images of eye tissue in real-time. Eye doctors may perform an OCT test when a patient is displaying certain symptoms like blurred vision or unexplained sight loss.

Optical coherence tomography is useful in diagnosing many eye conditions, most notably macular degeneration, retinopathy, macular damage, optic nerve damage, vitreous traction, cataracts, and glaucoma. All of these are serious eye diseases that need to be addressed as quickly as possible to prevent long-term deterioration. Most eye disorders like glaucoma are easier to treat in the earliest stages.

How Optical Coherence Tomography Works

OCT will use a long-wavelength light source to illuminate the retinal tissue of the patient's eye. Since it relies on light waves for image capturing, it isn't able to detect eye conditions where light has trouble passing through the eye.

Optical coherence tomography isn't just used for eye health purposes. It can also be employed for cardiology, oncology, and dermatology. It is somewhat common for physicians from other specialized fields to use OCT for medical evaluation. OCT is great for detecting cancer, precancerous lesions, arterial disease, melanoma, multiple sclerosis, and more. 

Contact Our Optometry Team in Dodge City, KS, For More Information

Christensen Eyecare in Dodge City, KS, can offer OCT to find the cause of your visual problems. Dr. Christensen specializes in a wide range of eye care services, from comprehensive eye examinations to LASIK eye surgery consultations. If you are interested in asking more about the OCT process, feel free to contact our optometry staff at (620) 227-5433 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Christensen can guide you through what it is like to undergo an eye exam, particularly one that involves optical coherence tomography. 


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