Sheffield opticians invests in new technology

Specsavers in Firth Park is delighted to announce the arrival of hospital-quality technology to the store that can help detect sight-threatening conditions earlier.

Worth over £40,000, this investment will allow the team to safeguard the eye-health of the local community better than ever before.

Optical Coherence Tomography machine

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, which will be available from this month for appointments, allows an optician to look deeper into the eyes.

Each scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.

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

A few words from the director

Phil Banton, Optometrist Director at Specsavers in Firth Park, said: ‘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.’

‘Each scan 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, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, so we strongly recommend our customers have one whenever they have their eyes tested.’

An OCT scan is in addition to a normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store.

 

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