Barkingside Specsavers has taken the standard eye test to new levels with the introduction of OCT technology.
Out of this world. Literally
The technology can detect preventable sight loss conditions up to four years earlier and testament to its credentials is that astronauts use it to measure the effects of space travel.
What is OCT?
The hospital grade technology now available on the high street in Barkingside, is called OCT (optical coherence tomography). It 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.
What conditions can it detect?
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.