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OCT 3D Imaging has arrived!

Summerland Optometry has embraced new advanced technology that allows us to do a more definitive and in depth evaluation of the inside of your eye. Although these technologies are expensive, we feel the patient benefits are significant and worth the extra costs involved.

We already enjoy the benefits of our central retinal camera and our peripheral retinal camera OPTOS. We have now added a third retinal imaging technology to our office called Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT for short. OCT is a relatively new technology that has become mainstream in the last 10 years.

OCT technology allows us to image your retina or optic nerve at a resolution equivalent to a low power microscope. It also incorporates computer assisted analysis of the image to follow tissue changes over time more accurately than we ever dreamed. We can visualize small pockets of fluid in the macula before it causes obvious wet macular degeneration. We can accurately measure the thickness of the retinal nerve cells and determine earlier than any other technique when the health of the nerves is being compromised (glaucoma). OCT is the technology used by retinal specialists to follow macular degeneration and is the technology used by ophthalmologists to monitor glaucoma progression.

In addition to following and monitoring pathology, it is also a great tool to employ when something looks a bit suspicious but we can’t be sure based on the rest of our testing. This is the biggest reason we elected to add this technology to our offerings. We are encouraging everyone in the 40-70 age bracket, who plan to see us regularly for continuing eye care, to have a baseline OCT performed for any future suspicious developments that we may notice over the years. In particular, anyone at risk for glaucoma or anyone at risk or showing any signs of macular degeneration should be imaged.

We encourage you to have an OCT added to your exam if for no other reason than to establish a solid baseline moving forward. If we detect any borderline or suspicious findings at the optic nerve or macula, or if you are at risk based on your family history, we will be asking you to be evaluated by our OCT.

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Effective on Monday March 23, 2020 we will be reducing our hours of operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10-2.

Appointments will be limited to ocular emergencies only. Please call ahead to discuss your concerns. You can call us during our hours of operation or email the clinic at drgoods@shawbiz.ca with any questions or concerns. We will be checking emails and phone messages Monday through Friday.

Please DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL WITH EYE RELATED PROBLEMS. After hour support for EMERGENCIES is available by emailing Dr. Kimberley Goods at kimgoods11@gmail.com.

We can mail out contact lens orders and can do glasses adjustments and repairs by appointment, but the sale of glasses will be suspended for now unless your glasses are broken.

Please stay safe from all the doctors and staff at Summerland Optometry