Specsavers in Leicester has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
The store’s new Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is used to screen for and manage conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The technology uses a laser light source to produce a structural scan of the eye, including parts 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 view.
A word from the store director
Store director, Baljit Kaur, said: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services available to the local community by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions which would have previously needed a hospital visit.’
‘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. Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’