OCT Optic Nerve & Glaucoma Detection & Evaluation

The Importance of Early Detection

Glaucoma is a progressive disease that is marked by a build-up of fluid in the eye. Some patients experience no symptoms while others experience a myriad of warning signs. For example, blank spots in the field of vision can occur because pressure from extra fluid in the eye can damage the optic nerve. Fortunately, steps can be taken to lower pressure and slow the progression of the disease when detected early. Paul Trapeni Jr., OD is trained to provide his patients with a thorough glaucoma evaluation to determine treatment options.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT has been around for over a decade, but as is common with technology, advances continue to give optometrists a lead in the detection and ongoing evaluation of glaucoma. The optic nerve is the cable that carries messages from the eye to the brain. Optometrists use OCT to create a 3D image of the optic nerve to determine thickness. OCT works similarly to an ultrasound, but instead of measuring the reflection of sound, it measures the reflection of laser light. By taking images of the optic nerve over time, Dr. Paul Trapeni Jr. is able to monitor how pressure in the eye is affecting the optic nerve.

Goals of Therapy

The main goal of glaucoma therapy is to reduce pressure within the eye to slow disease progression. OCT is an important tool used by the team at The Optical Shoppe to measure optic nerve fibers to determine the best course of action. OCT complements visual field testing to paint an overall picture of the effects of intraocular pressure on the structure of the optic nerve. Therapy is as varied as the individual, but the aim is to reduce pressure to prevent damage to the fibers of the optic nerve. As the premier Smyrna Optometrist offering OCT, the residents of Smyrna, TN can rest assured that Dr. Trapeni will do all in his power to protect the vision of his patients.