Specsavers in Hinckley has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before. The store in Castle Street now boasts an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, usually found in hospital eye departments.
This cutting-edge piece of equipment is used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Results are similar to an MRI scan
The technology uses a laser light source to produce a structural scan of the of the eye, including layers of the eye not normally visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to that of an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image.
A word from the store dirctor
‘We are always investing in the latest technology so that we can offer the best possible service for our customers,’ said store director, Abhijit Roy. ‘Therefore, we’re delighted to be the first opticians in the town to offer OCT scans.
‘This investment adds great value to our service as an opticians; it allows us to detect or manage conditions with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’
A real benefit to monitoring someone’s eye health
OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it enables optometrists to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods.
The scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. Scans are kept on file, so the store can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.