Brecon residents will be able to access enhanced eye care services after a refurbishment at the town’s Specsavers store – which was officially reopened by the mayor.

Hospital-grade technology

Councilor Christopher Walsh was given a tour of Specsavers Brecon’s facilities which, following the £300,000 investment, include a fully equipped second test room to keep up with customer demand and cut waiting times, as well as a dedicated room for audiology services and an expanded range of frames on display.

The investment also included the purchase of a hospital-grade optical coherence tomography (OCT) machine, which provides a more detailed scan than a regular eye test by using light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye, allowing opticians to spot sight-threatening conditions several years sooner.

In addition, customers will have access to a new visual field-testing machine, which measures your peripheral, or all-around vision, particularly helpful to ensure customers have good enough vision to continue driving.

Growing customer demand

Clare Corcoran, store director at Specsavers Brecon, says: ‘Customer demand for our services has grown substantially in recent years so we were glad to be able to officially open our expanded store with the support of the mayor.

‘Almost 6,570 people in Powys alone are suffering with preventable sight loss conditions – specifically, AMD, cataracts and glaucoma so we are especially pleased with our new OCT machine, which uses the same cutting-edge technology as astronauts use to measure the effect of space travel on the eye. Obviously, we won’t need to do that in Brecon, but the technology does enable us to detect serious eye conditions much quicker than we can with a standard eye test.

‘It has been an incredibly tough year for everyone but it remains vitally important that people have access to high-quality sight and hearing care on their high street.’

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