Last week, Specsavers in Chatham celebrated the launch of the new OCT machine in store. The new, state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology will allow optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
The Optical Coherence Tomography system (OCT) is similar to ultrasound but uses light instead of sound waves to penetrate a medium and create a picture from the wave reflections – in this case, the back of the eye. The 3D scan will illustrate the different layers that make up the optic nerve and retina and can be cross-referenced with a digital photograph of the surface of the eye to pinpoint areas of concern.
Staff at Specsavers in Chatham, Gillingham and Strood received an intense training from Birmingham Optical and Head of EOS Mike Horler and are now ready to use the new machine.
Craig Holland, director at Specsavers in Chatham, said: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to our customers by identifying conditions with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.
‘We always strive to provide the best service possible to all our customers and this new machine will only help us make that more possible.’
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