HRT and OCT

These are advanced imaging techniques that give a three dimensional view of transparent and non-transparent microscopic detail and assist diagnosis, monitoring and treatment

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Berwick Eye and  Surgicentre

We are a modern ophthalmic practice  and have been providing the communities in the South East suburbs with specialist eye care for  over 20 years.

Berwick Surgicentre

Berwick Surgicentre is an accredited Day Surgery serving the needs of the Berwick and its surrounding suburbs. It is contracted with all health funds , operates Saturdays and has  provided modern , safe ophthalmic surgery for over 13 years

Our Services

We provide a comprehensive range of services and specialties from cataract surgery to paediatric, squint, glaucoma, ocular immunology, medical and surgical retina and neuro-ophthalmology by subspecialists recognised in their field.

 

Our People

Our dedicated staff are highly  trained to provide you with the  best care possible. We also pride ourselves in educating you fully in your medical condition to allow you to participate in your own care. We welcome your support persons and interpreters as required

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OCT - (Optical Coherence Tomography)

 

 

What is OCT?

 

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), is non-invasive, non-contact imaging technique used to obtain high resolution cross-sectional images of the retina.

 

OCT is analogous to ultrasound B-scan imaging except that light rather than sound waves are used in order to obtain a much higher longitudinal resolution of approximately 10 microns in the retina.

In OCT, a light beam projected onto the retina is reflected from the retina and from the reference mirror at a known distance. Then a specialized system electronically detects, collects, processes and stores these echo patterns, creates a cross-sectional image of the retina, performs the necessary linear, area and volumetric measurements, and displays the results onto the monitor for evaluation and analysis purposes.

Why it is performed?

 

OCT has been shown to be clinically useful for evaluation of vitroretinal disease (such as macular holes, macular oedema, age-related macular degeneration, epiretinal membranes) and glaucoma. Particularly, it is used to:

•Examine the retina and the retinal structures (such as the macula, retinal pigment epithelium, and retinal nerve fiber layer).

•Examine the extent of retinal defects or abnormalities caused by trauma or various eye diseases including (among others), macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular hole, macular oedema, and epiretinal membrane.

•Perform detailed measurements of the retina (such as thickness of the macula and its sub-layers) and the optic nerve head (such as volumetric and area measurements) to determine the specific causes of various eye disorders and develop the treatment plan, such as surgical intervention.

•Monitor the outcomes of treatment procedures over time.

Only an Ophthalmologist is trained and capable of treating eye disease requiring laser, operative  surgery or injection therapy. If in doubt get a second opinion from an ophthalmologist. It  may save your sight.

 

The OCT examination typically takes 5 - 7 minutes and costs $95 in addition to the consultation charge.

 
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