• Should I get an OCT scan to monitor early AMD?


    Question:

    My optometrist diagnosed me with early AMD. Should I ask for an OCT to get a baseline and monitor progression of the disease?


    Answer:

    In general, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has not been shown to play a critical role in monitoring progression of early AMD. Rather, you should obtain retinal photographs so your eye doctor can determine any changes from baseline. Should you develop symptoms of wavy or distorted vision, OCT can be valuable in identifying fluid under the retina that would suggest progression to a later stage of AMD, or what is called neovascular or wet AMD.


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