Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) March 10, 2014
An advanced diagnostic device known as OCT is now being used by Canadian optometrist Edward Chow with Toronto-area patients. OCT measurements can diagnose a wide range of conditions and also replace invasive techniques, providing a more comfortable experience for patients.
Optical Coherence Tomography, commonly known as OCT, is a modern technique employed by some optometrists to visualize retinal structures in more detail than was previously possible. It operates on the principles of light interference, and is analogous to an “MRI for eyeballs”.
Patients benefit from OCT scanning because it is rapid, non-invasive, and does not expose them to ionizing radiation. In many cases it can provide a more comfortable experience by replacing invasive procedures such as fluorescein angiography. Patients of Dr. Chow are able to better understand their eye conditions by viewing their own OCT scans at the Markham office.
There are few OCT installations in Ontario because of the high costs of purchasing the system and training personnel in its use. Installation costs of $75,000 are typical.
Ultimately, Dr. Chow hopes the new OCT will contribute to the better health of his patients by the early detection and treatment of ocular disease. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that children age 6 to 19 should undergo an eye examination annually, and every two years for adults under 64.
Dr. Edward Chow has served patients in the Toronto area since 1973. He is an accomplished orthokeratologist, having lectured to students and optometrists in Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada. As an active researcher he has published several scientific papers related to contact lenses and orthokeratology.