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Optical Coherence Tomography Aids in Diagnosing Eye Disease

Technological advances in ophthalmology allow eye doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat diseases of the eye. Instead of relying upon a vision screening to catch underlying problems with the eyes, an OCT scan provides eye doctors with a 3D look of the retina. An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan enables eye doctors to see all ten layers of the retina. A standard eye exam only allows the doctor to see the top layer. An OCT scan is quick, painless and allows the eye doctor to see inside the whole eye. This enables doctors to catch any tumors, thinning or swelling in the back of the eye which all can cause vision loss. If you suffer from a chronic, underlying condition such as diabetes, the results can be shared with your primary care physician and any necessary adjustments can be made to medications or treatments. OCT scans are also covered by insurance if it's been ordered following a medical diagnosis. Elise Ervin Staff Writer

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