Scanning technology "improving eye care"

Scanning technology "improving eye care"

Imaging technology is being used to diagnose eye problems early and therefore maximise the effectiveness of treatment, it has been revealed.

Optical coherence tomography - a technique similar to ultrasound treatment of the back of the eye - enables medical practitioners to see the full extent of the damage to an eye, rather than just part of it, the Des Moines Register reports.

Dr Melissa Billings, an optometrist at Vision Park eye care centre in Urbandale, Iowa, told the news provider: "When we do a retinal examination by ourselves, we only see the top layer of the retina, when the retina actually has ten layers to it. So we"re not able to see any depth. If we do see a lesion in the back of the eye, this allows us to image it to see how deep the lesion goes."

In addition, Dr Randy Kardon, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals, pointed out that the technology is user-friendly and effective for providing clear cross sections of ocular structures, especially the retina.

by Martin Burns

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