It’s normal to have visual impairments in your 40s but in case there’s a more serious problem, we use an Optical Coherence Tomography Scanner to look out for the early signs of eye conditions. It takes a detailed 3D image below the surface of your retina, giving us a more detailed picture of your eye health.

Up to 80% of vision impairment and blindness can be prevented by early detection*

How does an Optical Coherence Tomography Scan work?

Although this is currently the only procedure that reveals in-depth images of the eye’s internal structures, the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan only takes a few seconds. You just have to look into the machine, nothing will touch your eyes and there are no puffs of air or flashes of bright light.

We may just need to use eye drops to make your pupils larger.

After the OCT Scan, your optometrist will discuss the results with you and keep your scans and details on file. When you return for your next eye examination, your optometrist will refer back to these scans to check for changes that we need to monitor or refer for treatment.

What an Optical Coherence Tomography Scan checks for

An OCT Scan can help in the detection of vision threatening conditions.

As we grow older, our retinas may change over time. The changes may not always be visible on the surface and you may not experience any physical symptoms. These changes are what we’re checking for when we use the OCT scanner.

Because the very early signs of some diseases may show up in this scan, it's important to book an appointment if you're worried about any of the symptoms listed below.

When should I have an Optical Coherence Tomography scan?

We recommend an OCT Scan at least every two years with your standard eye test. If you’re over the age of 40 or you’re experiencing any eyesight problems, a yearly scan is better.

However, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call us or book an eye test appointment straight away so we can help you find out what’s wrong:

  • Trouble reading or concentrating on any activity that requires fine vision
  • Straight lines appear wavy or bent
  • Faces are hard to see
  • You see dark or empty patches in the centre of your vision

Book a scan now

OCT Scans are available at over 75 OPSM stores across Australia.
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* www.australia.gov.au/eyehealth