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OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography and is complex technology used to measure the eye and particularly the layers of the retina. The retina is the light sensitive area at the back of the eye, equivalent to the film in a camera or CCD in a digital camera.

It is similar to an MRI or CAT scan for the eyes. OCT can image in 3D allowing us to see, sometimes for the first time, problems within your eye that could not easily be seen before.

The scan is very simple, takes just a few seconds and is completely non-contact; there are no sudden puffs of air or light flashes. Any areas that may be unusual can then be measured and later repeat scans lined up with the original and any changes can be seen and measured.

This revolutionary OCT technology is quite common in eye hospitals but this top level of care is now available in our Hexham branch.

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