Specsavers in Consett 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 machine produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers that would not normally be visible using traditional testing techniques. The results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image. The OCT machine uses a totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.


Specsavers is remaining open for all eye and hearing needs while most of the country is in lockdown.


Under current government guidance, people are allowed to leave home to attend medical appointments, including eye and hearing tests, which are considered essential healthcare services. If customers can’t leave home unaccompanied for an eye test, they can request a home visit from Specsavers instead.


OCT scans are now available in the Consett store, allowing customers to access enhanced optical services in their local area.


Gary Baker, dispensing director at Specsavers in Consett, says: ‘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 signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’


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.


A customer's OCT images will be stored on file so experts can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone's overall eye health.


OCT scans are in addition to the normal eye test and can be requested when an appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store. The cost of this scan is £10 in addition to the eye test and is not covered by the NHS examination.


To speak to a member of the team or book an appointment, please contact Specsavers Consett on 01207 586910 or visit: https://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/consett