In an effort to transform local optical services, the Bridgend store has invested £40,000 in state-of-the-art equipment.

Specialist equipment

The Adare Street Specsavers store now has an optical coherence tomography (OCT) machine, normally found in hospital eye departments. The technology can screen and manage some of the most common sight loss conditions in Wales, including age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

The OCT machine uses light waves to create a contactless, painless 3D scan of the layers of your eye within minutes, which can then be analysed by your optometrist. It can help detect and therefore treat, signs of eye conditions including glaucoma, wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.

‘The right thing to do’

Stuart Buckmaster, director of Specsavers Bridgend, says: ‘We are committed to this community and to transforming eye health. Investing in our customers’ future eye health by offering them access to the best ophthalmic technology out there, at an affordable price, seemed like the right thing to do.

‘Nearly half of all sight loss cases are preventable so the sooner we detect these conditions and help people access the right treatment, the better. We’re hopeful the OCT machine will help us to not only meet our customers’ expectations but exceed them.’

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