Specsavers Downpatrick has invested around £30,000 in innovative 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
Pioneering in eyecare technology
The store is the first Specsavers in Northern Ireland to install the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, 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.
OCT machine – what does it do?
The technology produces a structural scan of the of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye 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. 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 we can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.
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.