To receive a cross sectional image through the retina or cornea. The machine will scan the reflection from the different layers of tissue and will compose a cross sectional image. That way we can see any possible damaged areas in the retina and any other anomalies that are otherwise extremely hard to locate.
The patient will place their chin on a special support structure and will look at a blue dot on the lens of the machine. Depending on the required information multiple images may be taken. In most cases the images will be compared with the database from the machine to more effectively spot any anomalies. Images can be taken over time to monitor the progression of the pathology.
On average the scan takes about 5 minutes. If the image is distorted the procedure may take longer.