Until a few years ago you would only find complex diagnostic eye health technology in hospital eye departments. Today, you can simply visit Ely Specsavers.

What is the technology?

Called OCT (optical coherence tomography), the machine uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye, including the retina and optic nerve. A layered image is then created to allow the optometrist to view the deeper structures of the eye in more detail than ever before. 

Future Gazing

The resulting images can detect and monitor conditions up to four years in earlier than a standard eye examination. The store can also save the images to check for minor changes.

Preventing avoidable sight loss

Some of the conditions that can be picked up earlier and monitored with an OCT test include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma. In some rarer cases, concerns relating to wider health issues like a brain tumour have been picked up thanks to the detailed scan.


A word from the director

Fares Hatoum, ophthalmic director of Specsavers Ely stores, said: ‘This is big news and we are proud to be part of a first nationwide rollout for the optical industry.

‘To be able to bring this technology to our customers in Ely in the decade of 2020 feels extra poignant too.’

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