As part of National Eye Health Week (23-29 September), the Mayor of Droitwich, Councillor Mr William Moy, visited Specsavers Droitwich to experience the latest technology in eye testing.
The store has invested in an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan which can help detect treatable eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration sooner. The scan, which only takes a few seconds, allows an optician to look deeper into the eyes than ever before, and it can help to detect glaucoma up to four years in advance.
A word from the store director
‘It was great to have the Mayor come to the store to find out more about the OCT,’ said Droitwich Specsavers store director, Emma Singh. ‘It was particularly timely given that it was during National Eye Health Week. The investment we have made in this machine gives our team the ability to detect and manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.’
An OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.
‘You can imagine it like a cake – we can see the top of the cake and the icing, but the image produced from an OCT scan slices the cake in half and turns it on its side, so we can see all the layers inside,’ continued Emma. ‘It gives the optician an incredibly accurate picture of your eye and its structures, allowing them to check your eye health.’
A customer’s OCT images will be stored so they can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.
An OCT scan is in addition to a normal eye test and can be requested when you book an appointment or when you arrive in store.