A Colchester optician has invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment which could help to save the sight of local residents.

Eye scanning system

Specsavers has taken delivery of an advanced eye scanning system, which can be used on all ages to help detect eye conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

The Optical Coherence Tomography system (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test, using light waves to take cross-section pictures of the retina (the light sensitive tissue, lining the back of the eye). With OCT, each of the retina’s distinctive layers can be seen, allowing Specsavers optometrists to map and measure their thickness.


Nick Hagen, store director, comments: “The OCT has been a revelation to the practice. The OCT is a fantastic diagnostic tool to have at our disposal. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick, it instantly allows us to diagnose a number of common ocular conditions.

Effective management

“The scans allow us to detect a condition before it has caused a problem, usually before the customer has noticed any change to their vision. This technology enables us to manage our customers more effectively, before problems arise.”

OCT will routinely be performed on all customers who are over forty, or who have medical or optical conditions that would indicate its use.

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