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Optical Coherent Tomography
Advanced Eyecare Center of Manhattan Beach, a South Bay Optometry Center now has a Zeiss Cirrus HD Optical Coherent Tomography (OTC) machine, which can check for glaucoma and swelling behind the eyes and save you a separate trip to the ophthalmologist’s office.
Zeiss Cirrus HD
The Zeiss Cirrus HD offers an unprecedented patient doctor interaction. Instead of the technician or doctor sitting at the back of the machine, the patient and doctor sit 90 degrees from each other. This allows for a faster information flow between the operator and our clients.
The machine offers in-depth, digital retina scans and provides detailed information and images of the blood vessels of the back of the eye and the retina.
The Zeiss Cirrus HD offers accuracy and comfort for both the technician and the patient. Straining, scrunching and putting your face in the machine at odd angles is not necessary. The machine offers a comfortable chin and forehead rest that can be adjusted for patient height and sanitized between uses. It is also very fast. Once the technician clicks for a detailed scan, the procedure takes only a few seconds. If everything looks to be fine, you will be on your way to the examination chair and an evaluation of your vision.
If something appears to be wrong with your retina or the back of your eye, additional in-depth images can be performed to diagnose the cause and severity, and each additional scan only takes a second or two.
We offer this device as a service to our clients so that they can get all of their eye tests performed during the same visit and potentially diagnose severe eye problems very early, without the need to visit an ophthalmologist’s office. If problems are detected, we will refer you an ophthalmologist for further treatment.
The Importance of Checking for Swelling and Glaucoma
Untreated glaucoma can cause vision loss and permanent damage to the optic nerve. It is characterized by a higher than normal pressure in the eye. It can be caused by the fluid in the eye moving too slowly or swelling of the blood vessels caused by high blood pressure. You should be tested for glaucoma on a yearly basis, especially if you are over the age of 60 or have a family history of the disease.
Swelling behind the eye can be caused by complications of eye surgery, diabetes or macular edema. Symptoms include gradual loss of central vision. The condition is characterized by damaged blood vessels in the back of the eye that seep fluid into the eye. If left untreated, this can lead to progressive, permanent vision loss.
If you have recently noticed a change in your vision, have diabetes or have recently had eye surgery, please let our optometrist know so that we can check the back of your eyes for signs of illness or disease.
To schedule an eye exam, please call our Manhattan Beach office at 310-321-6990.