Opticians technology revolutionises sight tests
Specsavers in Sutton Coldfield has invested in revolutionary diagnostic equipment which could help to save the sight of local residents.
Advanced eye screening technology
People of all ages can benefit from an advanced eye scanning system which helps to detect a number of eye conditions, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. This scanning service will be available where the opticians feel it is appropriate, as part of the sight test and at no extra cost.
The Nidek 3D Optical Coherence Tomography system (OCT) is similar to ultrasound, but uses light instead of sound waves to create a picture from the reflections – in this case, the back of the eye. The 3D scan will illustrate 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.
3 dimensional pictures
‘The new technology has greatly enhanced the standard of eyecare we provide to all our customers,’ said ophthalmic director Giles Edmonds. ‘The OCT system in store allows us to create a three dimensional picture beneath the surface of the regular retinal image. This allows our opticians to more easily diagnose, manage and refer customers to a specialist for further treatment, should it be required. We pride ourselves on offering the highest standards of eyecare, and our latest investment in the store goes an extra step to provide this.’
The convenience of having the state-of-the-art OCT scanner at Specsavers in Sutton Coldfield is hugely beneficial to people in the town and surrounding area. ‘We used to have to refer customers to hospitals or specialist eye units for an OCT scan,’ continued Mr Edmonds. ‘So it’s great to be able to offer the service in the practice – hopefully cutting down the time customers may have to wait elsewhere.’