Specsavers in Worcester was joined by a local astronaut* to help promote its ‘out of this world’ optical technology.
The store marked a year of having this equipment which, up until a few years ago, was only widely available in hospital eye departments.
Called OCT (optical coherence tomography), this eye health check is transforming the industry’s evaluation of a customer’s overall eye health on our high streets.
A word from the store director
Dean Roberts, Specsavers Worcester optical director said: ‘This equipment is “one giant leap for mankind” when it comes to accessing fantastic innovation and helping to preserve the nation’s eye health.’
The innovation of OCT is pretty impressive, and testament to its credentials is the fact that astronauts have been known to use OCT technology to measure the effect of space travel on the eye.
The OCT 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. From here, its future-gazing potential can then help detect preventable, sight-threating conditions up to four years earlier than a standard eye test.
These images are then stored, allowing the Specsavers’ team of optometrists to refer back to a customer’s results from their prior appointment and detect any subtle changes that can then be addressed.
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.
*local astronaut – aka Josh Berisford an optical assistant at Specsavers Worcester