What is OCT Technology and What Does It Do?

What is OCT Technology and What Does It Do?

Usually these are found only in ophthalmology practices, but at Stickle & Strawn Optometry we now have one too!

We Use OCT Imaging to Detect Many Eye Diseases Much Sooner Compared to Conventional Testing

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY is a noninvasive imaging technology used to obtain high resolution cross-sectional images of the retina. The layers within the retina can be differentiated and retinal thickness can be measured to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of retinal diseases and conditions.

OCT testing has become a standard of care for the assessment and treatment of most retinal conditions. OCT uses rays of light to measure retinal thickness. No radiation or X-rays are used in this test, an OCT scan does not hurt and it is not uncomfortable.

OCT is useful in diagnosing and monitoring of many eye conditions including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal edema (swelling), toxicity to certain medications and vitreous traction disorders.

Optical Coherence Tomography uses technology that is best compared to ultrasound, except that it employs light rather than sound and thereby achieves clearer, sharper resolution.

Contact us today to book your appointment, and see the results of this latest technology!

How often should I have an eye exam?

How often should I have an eye exam?

Eye exam frequency depends on age, health status and whether you are a contact lens wearer. In general…

  • A child’s first eye exam should be at the age of six months and then a second exam should be completed between the ages of 2 and 5.
  • Exams should be annually during school years until the age of 19
  • Healthy patients aged 19-64 should be seen at least once every two years
  • Seniors age 65+ should be seen annually as they are higher risk for eye disease
  • Contact lens wearers of any age, are to be seen on an annual basis
  • Patients with certain systemic or ocular disease, on certain medications or with elevated risk factors are often recommended a more frequent recall. This is determined after discussion with your doctor.
Are you wheelchair accessible?

Are you wheelchair accessible?

Absolutely. We are actually the only location in West Kelowna with a wheelchair slide which offers the most accurate examinations for those who are unable to transfer into the examination chair.

At what age should my child have their first eye exam?

At what age should my child have their first eye exam?

Children should be seen by the age of six months, again between the age of 2-5 and then every year afterward until the age of 19. There are many visual disorders in children that can affect their visual development, their speech recognition and can potentially render them blind in one or both eyes if not detected early. These issues will only be detected during an examination as there are often no apparent signs and the child may be able to see quite well.
Stickle & Strawn Optometry offers examinations free of charge to children under the age of three with a BC Care Card. We also offer free examinations and glasses to kindergarten children via the Eye See…Eye Learn program.

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Are you price competitive?

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How can I relieve my seasonal eye allergies?

Seasonal allergies are caused by specific allergens such as ragweed, grass or tree pollen. When these allergens come in contact with your body, they are considered foreign particles. The allergens bind themselves to mast cells that are loaded with histamine. In response, your immune system starts to release large quantities of histamine and other chemicals from these mast cells to combat the allergens…

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What is astigmatism?

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