3D eye scanning technology is now available in conjunction with a normal eye test for a cost of just £10, thanks to investment in the latest imaging technology by Specsavers Abergavenny for the local community.

An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) produces a structural scan of the back of the eye. The results are similar to an MRI or CT scan in that it creates multiple scan slice images.

The OCT machine uses a totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray type radiation.

Identifying eye conditions early

Sejal Shah, store director at Abergavenny, says: ‘An OCT scan allows us to examine the structures of the eye in more detail than ever before, including layers of your eye that would not normally be visible using traditional methods.

‘OCT scans help us to identify early signs of conditions, including age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, years earlier than traditional imaging methods. By using light particles to achieve detailed images of the back of the eye, this diagnostic technique transforms the early detection and therefore treatment of eye conditions including wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.'

Monitoring your eye health

‘Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them,’ Ms Shah continues.

‘To do this, your OCT images will be stored on file so we can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of your overall eye health.

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

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