An optician at Specsavers in Bath is the 2000th person to complete a training programme that will help ensure eye conditions are detected and treated earlier.
Richard Davies, a team member at the store, has completed an extensive programme of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) training. The store invested in the cutting-edge OCT machine to enhance its services to the local community. It will help identify and detect or manage conditions with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.
The optometrist reached the training milestone by completing seven online modules which cover essentials of OCT, OCT in glaucoma, medical retina and anterior segment, and prudent referrals. He was presented with a £100 voucher in store by Paul Morris, director of professional advancement at Specsavers.
‘We’re delighted to now have the OCT machine in store,’ says Richard. ‘It will allow us to spot conditions at a much earlier stage than we could before, and it provides a baseline assessment for eye diseases such as glaucoma so we can monitor its progress.
‘The technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers 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.’
A word from the store director
Specsavers Bath store director and optometrist, Masumi Jethwa, says: ‘Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment. The OCT is a fantastic addition to the store and we have no doubt that it will make a real difference to our customers.’
The scan is in addition to a thorough eye test, takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. A customer’s OCT images will be stored on file to help note changes over time – a real benefit to monitoring someone’s overall eye health.
It can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store. The cost of the scan (£10) is not covered by the NHS examination.