Specsavers in West Bromwich has invested in revolutionary diagnostic equipment which could help to save the sight of local residents.

Customers of all ages can benefit from its advanced eye scanning system, to help detect a number of eye conditions such as; glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. What’s more, the store offers this service as part of the sight test at no extra cost.

The ivue Optical Coherence Tomography system (OCT) is similar to ultrasound, but uses light instead of sound waves to penetrate a medium and create a picture from the wave reflections – in this case, the back of the eye. The 3D scan will illustrate the different layers that make up the optic nerve and retina, and can be cross referenced with a digital photograph of the surface of the eye to pinpoint areas of concern.

Majid Jawaid, store director, said: ‘The sophisticated technology we now have available has greatly enhanced the standard of eyecare we provide. The OCT system is used to create a three dimensional picture beneath the surface of the regular retinal image, allowing our opticians to easily diagnose, manage and refer customers to a specialist for further treatment, should it be required.’

3D OCT scans are usually only available in hospitals, so the convenience of having the state-of-the-art technology at Specsavers in West Bromwich is hugely beneficial to people in the town and surrounding area.

‘We used to have to refer customers to hospitals or specialist eye units for an OCT scan,’ said Mr Jawaid. ‘So it’s great to be able to offer the service in store – hopefully cutting down the time customers may have to wait elsewhere.’

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