Specsavers in Windsor has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments. It is used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

How it works

OCT technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. Producing results that are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan, 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.

Safeguarding eye health in Windsor

Seema Patel, Director at Specsavers Windsor, said: 'This is a major step forward in our journey to transform eye health, putting hospital-grade equipment in the community and helping to close the gap between optometry and ophthalmology.

'With a new level of diagnostic capability which previously would have required a hospital visit, the OCT scan will help us to identify signs of various eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, earlier than by traditional methods alone. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them.'

OCT is offered in addition to a routine eye test

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.

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