Optical Coherence Tomography is a non-invasive, non-contact imaging technique used to take images of the retina and the optic nerve. By focusing beams of light into the eye it will scan a cross section image, similar to a topographical map.

This machine assists greatly in diagnosing and monitoring macular diseases including Age-related macular degeneration, macular holes, macular oedema, epiretinal inflammatory diseases and it also assists in the assessment of glaucoma as it is able to assess the nerve damage to the back of the eye.

There is a fee charge for the OCT test which currently Medicare do not offer any rebate on. Depending on the patient's level of cover, some private health funds will rebate a portion of the fee under ancillary cover.


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Tasmanian Eye Institute is funding a dedicated Ophthalmic Gene Therapy Centre to be located in Hobart. This will be the first of its kind in Australia. 60% of blindness in infants is caused by inherited (genetic) eye diseases.

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