The Eye & General Health

Research is indicating links between many health conditions and changes within the eye ever more frequently. These changes are more often than not picked up by the 3D OCT Scan, because we are accurately measuring nerve fibres and blood vessels. Below you can find some links to research papers, showing how our 3D OCT Scan can detect many diverse conditions. The following conditions can be detected using the 3D OCT Scan, but not in a normal eye exam.

Multiple Sclerosis

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation informs its members how having a 3D OCT Scan can give us information about nerve fibre function in MS. The OCT scan is much quicker, easier and more cost effective than an MRI scan – the traditional assessment for MS.

The thinning of nerve fibres is associated with physical and cognitive disability in multiple sclerosis, but can be monitored by the 3D Eye Scan. These papers shows that when the 3D Eye Scan shows thinning, is it directly linked to MS effects in the body:

Article 1: "Retinal nerve fiber layer atrophy is associated with physical and cognitive disability in multiple sclerosis"

Article 2: "Eye scan may reveal extent of MS"

Article 3: "Degeneration of retinal layers in multiple sclerosis subtypes quantified by optical coherence tomography"

Parkinson's Disease

This research shows how thinning retina can be a sign of Parkinson's disease:

Article: "Detection of retinal changes in Parkinson's disease with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography"

Blood vessel function

Capillary pressure – a key determining factor of movement of fluid across a blood vessel wall – is associated with macular thickness. If this pressure is not right, it can result in damage to important organs. Read more here:

Article: "Capillary pressure may predict preclinical changes in the eye"

Detecting Early Glaucoma

Using traditional detection methods, around 40% of nerve fibres die before glaucoma is picked up. The 3D Scan can detect it much earlier, and can also monitor the condition very accurately, meaning much more nerve fibres – and therefore vision – can be saved. Read the research here:

Multiple Articles

Detecting Early Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

ARMD begins in the 5th layer below the layer usually viewed in an eye exam, and as we view this layer directly with the 3D Scan, we can detect ARMD very quickly. We can then give you the correct nutritional advice, according to the latest research, which has shown to slow down the progression of ARMD.

Studying your retina can also help show signs of Brain Damage and Alzheimer's Disease