EyeDoc wrote:As an aside: The OCT is a wonderful tool for measuring the thickness of the retinal nerve fibre layer. This is the layer that carries light signals into the optic nerve which allows us to see. OCT is currently covered by insurances and used for diagnosing and following glaucoma patients. There are other disease that can affect this layer, including MS, but medical insurance coverage is not complete. Irregardless, I do baseline OCT measurements on all MS patients whether I can get paid for it or not. ... Aside #2...as great as the OCT is, it costs about $60K. Don't expect all eye doctors to have one.
I currently have no issues with my eyes, apart from some nystagmus when I look hard to my extremities. I have never had O.N. . I have however used oral steroids for quite a few years so thought it would be a good idea (after reading EyeDoc's post) to get checked for glaucoma's etc. I got a referral from my GP, and made sure the guy had a machine to perform an OCT, and had it specifically included on my referral.
I am sure he will obviously do a competency check of my vision by default. So, is there anything else people think I should specifically get checked while I am with the ophthalmologist?
I was going to PM EyeDoc, but realised others may benefit also.