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More pathologies discovered


Lino Di Guglielmo

Heidelberg VIC


Cirrus HD-OCT 4000




Several years ago at a conference, I was awestruck by the diagnostic power of an OCT. Over the next few years, OCT scans became more common in educational presentations and correspondence from ophthalmologists. I was referring patients for opinions and not always confident in interpreting the scans received. As an optometrist, I felt that I should be able to perform this task as the primary eye-care practitioner. My goal was to increase not only my competency but also that of my optometrist practice group and the best way was to purchase an OCT.

There are many OCTs to choose from and they all have their own advantages. We chose the Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT 4000 for a number of reasons.

  • It has eye tracking capability, meaning the same point is assessed on subsequent scans.
  • It scans the anterior eye without the need for further attachments.
  • It has a small footprint; it’s neat and tidy with few cables.
  • It seems to be the instrument of choice among ophthalmologists, so we can retain patients by continuing their monitoring and providing the ophthalmologists with scans they can directly compare with their files.
  • It came with a one-year subscription to ‘Learning for Vision’, an online education program hosted by the Centre for Eye Health.

Since introducing the Cirrus HD-OCT 4000 to our practice, we are better able to identify patients who require referral and those whom we can continue to monitor, especially those with glaucoma. Patients are impressed by the technology. We are seen to be progressive, so patients are more likely to endorse us to others.

Our practice has become more interesting as we discover pathologies we could not otherwise have seen, let alone diagnosed and treated. We feel more confident that we are providing our patients with top-class eye care and that is vitally important to us. We want to be the best we possibly can be and adopting new technology has been integral to this goal.


The ‘Learning for Vision’ education website was launched in March 2013 by the Centre for Eye Health, UNSW. To learn more, visit

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