The healthcare industry is constantly progressing with new vaccines and treatment approaches. However, there are also advances when it comes to optical health, particularly when it comes to ophthalmic instruments like optical coherence tomography machines. While the studies have proven its effectiveness, it's also important to consider the benefits incorporating this type of technology can have for your ophthalmology center.
What is Optical Coherence Tomography?
Optical coherence tomography, sometimes referred to as OCT, is an innovative form of discovery and diagnosis. This unique form of ophthalmic equipment has the ability to capture high-resolution images of the eye. When using this technology, the patient is placed directly in front of the OCT unit and a small light is directed towards their eye.
The unit then captures the level of light reflected on the biological systems within the eye and measures it. Using a cross-section image capturing format, the areas of reflected light are captured, offering a more detailed view of the eye's structures and systems and ensuring every angle of the eye is captured.
The ability to quickly diagnose a patient is highly dependent on your ability to not only assess their symptoms, but also get a view at the structure of the eye. Optical coherence tomography can offer a more in-depth view of the eye's structure so that you can more easily highlight any areas of concern, such as disease.
Additionally, since these machines are able to capture high-resolution images, interpreting results can be accomplished with greater ease and in a shorter amount of time. Given its deeper field of vision, this type of equipment can be especially helpful at diagnosing a problem at the cellular level within the eye.
Optical coherence tomography also affords you the ability to diagnosis a condition with your patient's eye long before it starts to produce outward symptoms. This can be especially beneficial for conditions like glaucoma. Glaucoma often begins at the cellular level, slowly attacking and killing the ganglion cells.
Since this disease often doesn't come along with symptoms, some patients aren't diagnosed until their vision is lost. Once a patient has lost their vision, it cannot be restored. With this type of technology, you can view damage at the cellular level and provide your patient with treatment to slow the progression of the disease.
At the heart of your ophthalmology center is the desire to provide each and every one of your patients with high quality optical care and treatment. Incorporating an optical coherence tomography machine into your equipment line up can assist with accomplishing this goal.Share