How OCT can help a smaller practice
How OCT can help a smaller practiceSpectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) has grown in importance to optometric patient care. One OD shares her experience of moving from quarterly use of a rented device to purchasing an OCT for her small private practice and how it has improved clinical care and patient education.
The dangers of starting and stopping glaucoma treatmentThe notion of patients not coming in as advised for eye examinations can be troubling. For example, when a patient has an eye disease as potentially significant as glaucoma and chooses to ignore its presence, there is cause for concern on the part of the doctor.
Diagnosing and treating MacTel degenerative retinal diseaseIdiopathic macular telangiectasia (MacTel) is bilateral condition characterised by ectatic capillaries of the macula and atrophy of the neurosensory retina. Familiarity with the distinctive intraretinal cavitation on SD-OCT in type 2, the most common type, is key for correct diagnosis.
New concepts in diagnosis and treatmentIn the past decade, several significant advancements have been made in the arena of glaucoma diagnosis. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), newer algorithms in trend analysis of visual field studies, and combined visually evoked potential (VEP) and pattern electroretinography (ERG) studies have been the hallmarks of such recent advancements.
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SD-OCT useful tool for early detection of keratoconusSpectral-domain optical coherence tomography is useful for diagnosing early keratoconus because it detects characteristic changes in epithelial and stromal thickness.
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Glaucoma diagnostics research focuses on novel, existing toolsGlaucoma experts analyze the hardware and software developments that came out of 2013, while noting several changes that still need to be addressed for the best utilization of the technology.
You are smarter than your OCTSpectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is a landmark diagnostic technology. Clinicians should keep top of mind that SD-OCTs, as sophisticated as they are, do not think or interpret. That is solely the job of the clinician. In addition, visually assessing the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) directly can yield more qualitative information than SD-OCT scans provide.