Specsavers in Launceston is offering enhanced eye examinations, which include 3D scanning technology.

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments. The technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image.

The OCT machine uses a totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation. Two scans will be performed on each eye, creating high-resolution images of the optic disc and the macula. These are used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. The advanced software assists in the monitoring of any changes over subsequent visits and their Optometrists have undergone extra training and accreditation to assist them with the interpretation of results.

A word from the store

Launceston store director Rachel McClelland said: ‘This gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.

Rachel added: ‘OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it allows us to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable*, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’

The scan will be in addition to a thorough eye test, during which the optometrist will use a range of clinical tests and procedures to measure the quality of someone’s vision, as well as taking an overview of the health and function of their eyes and how they work together.

A customer’s OCT images will be stored on file so we can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health. The cost of this scan is £10 and in addition to the eye test and not covered by the NHS examination. It can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store.

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