Specsavers in Larkhall has invested in state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
The store now has an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine – a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments, which is used to screen for and to manage conditions including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques.
Investment to enhance service
The results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan: the machine 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 Larkhall store director Steven Brennan said: ‘The investment will enhance the service we provide to our customers by helping us to detect and manage a range of conditions.
‘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.
‘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.’
An OCT scan – which takes just a few seconds and is painless – is carried out in addition to a thorough eye test. In a scan, 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.
Scans can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store.
The cost of this scan is in addition to the eye test and is not covered by the NHS examination.