Specsavers Newcastle-under-Lyme 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, which helps 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 eye test at no extra cost.
The Topcon 3D 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 illustrates 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, allowing the opticians to easily diagnose, manage and refer customers to a specialist for further treatment, should it be required.
Peter Harvey, optometrist director, said: ‘We pride ourselves on offering the highest standards of care possible for our customers, which is why we have invested £40,000 for our 3D OCT system. It will be a massive benefit to our customers, both in terms of early diagnosis of various conditions, but also in aiding convenience and managing waiting times - as 3D OCT scans are commonly performed in hospital eye clinics.’