Specsavers in Bishopbriggs 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.
The technology produces a structural scan 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. The OCT machine uses a totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.
A word from our store director
Store director Neil Drain said: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by identifying and helping to 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 early signs of diseases. 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.’
Combining OCT technology and 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.
The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. OCT scans are additional to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store.
The cost of this scan (£10) is in addition to the eye test and not covered by the NHS examination.