The Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgnorth had the privilege of experiencing the latest technology in eye testing.

The team at Specsavers in Bridgnorth were joined by the special guests to officially launch a brand-new Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, which is usually found in hospital eye departments. The 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 uses a laser light source to produce a structural scan of the eye, including layers not normally visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to that of an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image.

An impressive cake, which mimicked the OCT scan, was available for the special guests to sample along with a glass of bubbly.

A word from the store director 

‘We had a wonderful day and were delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress helped us mark this special occasion and got to experience the equipment first-hand,’ said Bridgnorth Specsavers store director, Teresa Hughes. ‘The investment that we’ve made in our OCT machine gives our team the ability to enhance the service we offer to the local community by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions sooner.’

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.

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