Retinal OCT Photography

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We strongly recommend the Retinal OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) test for patients with a history of, or if the patient has at least one relative with one of the mention conditions below:

  • More than 40 years old
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal diseases
  • Flashes of light
  • Floaters
  • Headaches
  • Strong glass prescription

Book an appointment with us; this test is fully covered under Alberta Health Care, once the optometrist has determined that this eye exam is required. A Retinal OCT examination is useful in diagnosing many eye conditions, including:

  • macular hole
  • macular pucker
  • macular edema
  • age-related macular degeneration
  • glaucoma
  • central serous retinopathy
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • vitreous traction


Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, central retinal vein or artery occlusion, optic strokes, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a through retinal OCT examination utilizing a digital retinal camera.



Retinal OCT is often used to evaluate disorders of the optic nerve as well. The OCT exam helps your ophthalmologist see changes to the fibers of the optic nerve. For example, it can detect changes caused by glaucoma.


Retinal OCT relies on light waves. It cannot be used with conditions that interfere with light passing through the eye.  These conditions include dense cataracts or significant bleeding in the vitreous.


Digital retinal OCT photography consists of a digital camera system that takes a photograph of your retina. Here is a summary of the benefits of Digital Retinal Photography:

  • A scan to confirm a healthy eye or detect the presence of disease.
  • An overview or map of the retina, giving your eye doctor a more detailed view than he can achieve by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the images of your eye with your doctor at the time of your examination.


There is no need to wait for results; our digital camera gives us the images within seconds for review. By looking at digital photos from previous years, our optometrists can look for changes over time and determine if more aggressive treatments are necessary.



What conditions can OCT help to diagnose?

Digital Retinal Photography


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