O.C.T. machine – how investing in technology improve the patient experience

Dr. Steve Thom of Fargo, ND is an ophthalmologist in the community who invests in the best possible technology for his patients. One of the devices used in his practice to diagnose conditions or monitor the progression of certain disorders is the OCT machine. The OCT machine is a specialized device that is used to obtain imaging of the back of the eye. This allows the doctor to see the macula and the optic nerve. The macula and optic nerve can exhibit signs of impending or current problems, including macular degeneration or glaucoma. The device is used for diagnostic purposes, and patients who have been diagnosed with these conditions will benefit from routine evaluations performed with the OCT machine each time they visit.

What to expect during OCT eye scans

To perform an eye scan with the OCT machine at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, the doctor first begins by administering dilating eye drops into both of the eyes. Doing so will widen the pupil to make it easier for the ophthalmologist to examine the retina, macula, and the optic nerve. Patients will rest their head on a specialized support and stay still for several minutes while the equipment performs the eye scans without making physical contact. The scan itself can take approximately five to 10 minutes and provide the imaging doctor’s need to help make a proper diagnosis of common eye conditions. Patients who have their OCT scans done at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic will experience light sensitivity for several hours following their examination due to the dilating eye drops, and should take proper precautions if engaging in activities after their appointment.

What can an OCT eye scan diagnose?

The most common eye conditions diagnosed with OCT scans include:

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular holes
  • Macular edema
  • Macular pucker
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Learn more at the Thom Eye and Laser Clinic

Dr. Steve Thom and his team believe in the best possible care for patients in and around the community of Fargo, ND. Patients interested in premiere eye care solutions are encouraged to book an initial evaluation with our team by calling (701) 235-5200. Our facility is conveniently located at 2601 University Drive S.

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