Shattky Optometrists

Visique Shattky Optometrists has been serving the people of Hawke's Bay with trusted expert eyecare and eyewear since 1906. We continue a proud history of family ownership with successive father & son teams Ernest & Derek Shattky, Neil & Phil Donaldson plus Mark & Tim Eagle. Using the very latest technologies and systems we specialise in Glaucoma tests, Retinal photography, Diabetic management, Therapeutic drugs, dietary supplements and Behavioural Optometry. We are ACC primary eyecare providers and CAA certificated examiners. Our speciality Orthokeratology and Keratoconus contact lens services are very successful. Using Zeiss, Nikon & Essilor quality lenses, High Fashion frames and sunglasses we excel in providing award winning choice. We provide Irlen and Cellfield specialist services for 3D, binocular problems, Amblyopia and reading problems.

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OCT Optical Coherence Tomographer

What is Optical Coherence Tomography?

The OCT uses an ultrasound scanner combined with a laser ophthalmoscope to measure the depth and shape of the many layers of the optic disc and retina. The Canon HS-100 measures 72,000 scans per second. It also detects and monitors changes in the tissues within the back of your eyes.



The OCT measures you in microns, (which is a thousandth of a millimetre!) allowing us to diagnose and monitor a wide variety of conditions including; thinning or swelling within the retina, abnormalities within its structure and also details of the cornea. It is particularly useful in the diagnosis and observation of Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.   


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What condidtions can the OCT help diagnose and monitor?

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Macluar Oedema
  • Central Serous Retinopathy (distortion of vision casued by fluid build up under the retina)
  • Diabetic eye disease such as Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Keratoconus

So, what happends during an OCT?

The OCT's ultrasound scanner and laser beam have no side effects, is entirely painless and is usually very quick! You will be seated in front of the OCT with your chin and forehead on a rest to position your pupils correctly. You will then be asked to focus on a small fixation target while the scans are being taken. You will then be taken through to your Optometrist where he or she will go over the results with you.