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OCT Eye Scan

Optical Coherence Tomography

Don’t Let Sight Loss Creep Up On You - Catch It Early!

So much more than 'Just a Photograph'
What is OCT?

OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography. This is a diagnostic imager for your eyes, similar to an ultrasound or CT scan, but far more advanced.

The OCT examination is a painless and completely non-invasive procedure. Nothing touches the eye.

It gives us a high definition, 4D cross sectional, view of the eye including nerve fibre layers and the head of your optic nerve.


Why have an OCT Scan?
It allows us to examine layers within your eyes that are not visible in a standard eye exam or in photographs of your eyes.

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It is so much

more than just a photograph

The OCT examination allows us to detect and monitor the tiniest of changes, to the deeper layers, at the back of the eye. This in turn makes it possible to pre-empt signs and symptoms of conditions that, if left unchecked, could lead to more serious visual issues.

Why choose Gibson & Syme

for your OCT Examination?

As a local independent Edinburgh optician, here at Gibson & Syme we use the Heidelberg OCT. The Heidelberg OCT is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ of OCT equipment. It measures down to 1 micron (1/1000 of a mm!). This is 15x smaller than any other OCT on the market. 

Heidelberg is the OCT of choice for many Ophthalmology Departments, around the country, including the Edinburgh Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion & Edinburgh Eye Clinic. 

It's so good, it's even used by NASA!

Gibson & Syme offers you a

choice of eye examinations with our fully qualified Optometrist.


You can have the standard eye examination, which is provided free from the NHS throughout Scotland. Or you may want to choose the Gibson & Syme Enhanced Eye Examination, giving you peace of mind regarding the health of your eyes, using the advanced OCT equipment already mentioned.

  • 1 in 5 of us will, at some point within our lifetime, be affected by sight loss. Half of this sight loss is thought to be avoidable.

  • Leading causes of sight loss in the UK are Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetes, as well as Cataracts.

  • A Gibson & Syme Enhanced Eye Examination can detect many of these conditions up to 5 years earlier than a standard NHS eye examination.

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Gibson & Syme offers you a choice of eye examinations with our fully qualified Optometrist.

Having an OCT scan is simple and painless, just follow the steps below to bring about peace of mind


Book an appointment with our optometrist.


Our optometrist will scan your eyes using the state-of-the-art Spectralis 4D OCT camera by Heidelberg.


The high resolution 4D images are examined by our optometrist using specialist built-in analysis tools.


The results are presented to you.


Future scans can be compared with previous for comparative diagnosis.

What does it cost? There is a charge for the OCT scan, but the benefits are obvious, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your eyes are in great condition. An OCT scan costs £35 when booked at the time of your appointment. If booked following your appointment it costs £55.

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