Specsavers Ludlow recently held a 'health day' to raise awareness of eye health and support the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB).

The team at 33 Bull Ring welcomed Thea Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday 5 December who kindly donated a hamper of healthy food to be raffled off to a lucky winner in store. Visitors made donations to RNIB to be in with a chance to win the bumper prize and raised almost £60 for the charity. 

The store was also celebrating the arrival of its latest technological addition, an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine. Usually found in hospital eye departments, the OCT machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment which uses 3D scanning technology to allow optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before enabling them to screen and manage conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy.

The OCT machine produces a structural scan of the of the eye, with results like that of an ultrasound, where it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image.

A word from the store director 

Nicola Aubrey, store director at Specsavers in Ludlow said: ‘We have been working with Thea Pharmaceuticals for a few years and we were really glad they could join us for our ‘health day’. We wanted to focus on AMD and the importance of catching it early coupled with good eye care practice in general. Our OCT machine can play a big part in diagnosing preventable sight loss including AMD. At Specsavers, we recommend having your eyes checked every two years, or sooner if you notice any changes.’

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