Specsavers Ashby has invested in an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan, which can help detect treatable eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration sooner.
The scan, which only takes a few seconds, allows an optician to look deeper into the eyes than ever before, and it can help to detect glaucoma up to four years in advance. Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, an OCT scan means conditions can be managed before they get worse and can help prevent potential sight loss.
A word from the store director.
Store director, Kuljinder Bains, says: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by helping to detect and manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.’
How does the OCT work?
An OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view. A customer’s OCT images will be stored so they can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.
The OCT scan is now also included as part of eye health clinic appointments available at Specsavers in Ashby. The clinics are for people with minor eye problems including dry eye and red eye, as part of an extended service to customers. Anyone who has discomfort in their eyes, including pain, redness or flashes of light can now visit the store instead of going to their GP or hospital.
The qualified and experienced staff at Specsavers Ashby can treat customers with a number of minor eye conditions. Appointments are available seven days a week, subject to availability, and can be booked by phone, in store or online. There is an additional cost for this service.
 Source: RNIB and Specsavers State of the Nation Report - Eye Health September 2016