Specsavers in Ashby has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
The store now boasts an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine which is usually found in hospital eye departments.
This cutting-edge piece of equipment is used for a variety of functions including the screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The technology produces a structural scan of the of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image. The machine uses a safe, laser light source instead of X-ray radiation.
The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. Scans are kept on file, so the store can note changes over time – a real benefit to help monitoring someone’s overall eye health.
OCT scans are additional to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when you arrive in store. The cost of this scan (£10) is not covered in the NHS examination.
Store director, Kuljinder Bains said: ‘This investment has enhanced the services available to the local community. The machine gives our team the ability to identify and help detect or manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.
‘OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it allows us to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. The sooner we can detect conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’