New Technology for Diagnosing Eye Diseases Available at The Eye Clinic

The Eye Clinic has had OCT (Optical CoherenceTomography) for several years and was the first to offer this optical imaging technology in Southwest Louisiana. Now The Eye Clinic has the Optovue RTVue, the newest generation of OCT for detection, classification, and management of ocular diseases and pathology. This exciting tool helps doctors at The Eye Clinic detect and treat progressive eye diseases at a much earlier stage. Slowing or stopping disease progression early means less likelihood of vision loss or blindness, and better eye health. Several eye diseases, like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy have no symptoms in their early stages, which is why regular eye exams and diagnostic technology like OCT are so important.

The OptoVue RTVue OCT (optical coherent technology) is not unlike a CAT scan, but without the dye injections, loud noises or a claustrophobic tunnel. This new instrument is an ultra high speed, high-resolution laser scanner for retinal imaging and analysis that is revolutionizing retinal diagnosis.

The computerized OptoVue RTVue laser scans the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, where serious diseases occur. It provides full color, 3-dimensional images and more detailed information than previously available. T his information is invaluable in determining the treatment process. In fact, OptoVue RTVue OCT (optical coherent technology) completes 26,000 A-scans per second, or 65 times faster than prior technology, capturing thousands of images in a matter of seconds with details at the cellular level.  This is like comparing an old-style black-and-white analog television to today's high-definition flat screen television. The faster speed provides an extremely high resolution for more accurate diagnosis of hidden eye conditions. The OptoVue RTVue provides 3D color mapping of the optic nerve, retina and macula. This mapping establishes the presence and severity of a condition, such as glaucoma.

The OCT exam is non-invasive and painless procedure, and takes about 15 minutes to complete in the office.  Results are immediately available to the doctor.