Stores across Hertfordshire have had over 30,000 customers doing an OCT test as part of their usual sight test since Specsavers introduced the technology.

Called OCT (optical coherence tomography), this eye health check is set to transform the industry’s evaluation of a customer’s overall eye health on our high streets. Until a few years ago this technology was only widely available in hospital eye departments.

How does it work?

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.

Why do I need this?

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.

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