Northwest Vision Center Introduces New Technology For Early Detection of Eye Conditions
OCT Offers Superior Detection Over Previous Technology
Northwest Vision Center in Columbus proudly introduces the addition of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), the latest technology for the early detection and treatment of common eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Briefly explaining what the OCT is, Dr. Yoongie Min of Northwest Vision Center comments, “The OCT is a computerized instrument that acquires and analyzes cross sectional and three dimensional views of the eye. It is non invasive and does not contact the eye itself. It is essentially an optical ultrasound but the resolution is even better than an MRI or ultrasound.”
Discussing the functions and advantages of this revolutionary new technology, Dr. Min comments, “The OCT can do scans of the tissue underlying the retina, especially the macula and also scan the front areas of the eye such as the cornea. The most exciting aspect of this technology is the ability to not only detect issues earlier but to run repeated scans to monitor the progress of the disease. Also, because this is a test that does not rely on patient input, the results are more accurate than testing that requires the patient to physically do something.”
Dr. Min also adds, “Our patients are excited about this new technology because it allows them to begin taking part in their own eye care. Patients are able to physically see the printouts or images of their scans and see the immediate results. The results are color coded and help make the analysis more understandable to the patient.”
According to Dr. Min, the patient experience is quick and painless. It is completely non-invasive and does not use a bright light. The patient simply sits in front of the instrument and places their chin on a chinrest. The instrument automatically finds their eye, focuses and takes the image.
When asked about one of his favorite patient stories about the new OCT, Dr. Min relates, “Shortly after we got the instrument, another eye doctor called and requested that we run the technology on his mother who was in town and had noticed some changes in her vision. The OCT detected a significant hole in the patient’s macula that will most like need treatment or further monitoring.”
For more information, contact Dr. Yoongie Min at Northwest Vision Center in Columbus, Ohio.