New OCT machines help to provide ‘first-class’ service to patients

New, non-invasive, Optical Coherence Topography (OCT) machines that can better detect and monitor eye diseases are benefitting our Ophthalmology patients.

The four devices were paid for via Trust and Hospital Charity funds and by Diabetes Norfolk, who support the care of patients affected by diabetes.

“I’d like to thank our charity as well as Diabetes Norfolk for their help,” said Paul Savage, Deputy Divisional Operational Manager in Ophthalmology (pictured with Lin Wymer, Head of Ophthalmic Photography).

“These machines provide real-time images of eyes’ internal structures but use light waves instead of sound waves, and that makes them less invasive and even better for patients compared to the ones we have used so far.

“The light waves illuminate and scan the retina, giving the clinician a very detailed view.”

The department sees around 90,000 patients each year and already uses OCT machines to diagnose many eye conditions, including macular hole, macular oedema, central serous retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy and vitreous traction.

“This technology is vital for following-up patients and managing their conditions both within our service and the Diabetic Eye Screening Unit,” added Paul.

“I’m glad we can continue to provide a first-class service for our patients.”

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