OCT & iWellness Exam
Dr. Brown continues to provide the latest in eye health technology—the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). Dr. Brown believes this is one of the most important parts of a comprehensive exam in our office. The OCT painlessly and quickly captures a digital image of your retina without the need for dilating drops and the blurred vision after effects. These images can help identify high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer as well as diseases that can affect your sight like macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachments, retinal holes and diabetic retinopathy. These photos will become part of your medical record and when performed on an annual basis, the OCT allows Dr. brown to compare side-by-side each year’s image to detect early changes that may not be causing any symptoms. Dr. Brown will review these images with each patient during their exam.
The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases that can ultimately lead to partial loss of vision or even complete blindness. Early detection of any retinal abnormality is thus crucial. Previously, this screening was done by dilating the pupils, a procedure that many patients found uncomfortable, inconvenient and time-consuming. As a result, you will not experience blurred vision or sensitivity to light following your eye exam. It is important to note however, that should any abnormalities be detected or if we cannot obtain an acceptable image, dilation may be necessary.