Specsavers in Market Harborough has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before. The store 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.
Optical director, Umesh Mistry, 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, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.’
The technology produces a structural scan of the of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be 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. The machine uses a safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.
The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. Scans are kept on file, so the store can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.
OCT scans are additional to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store. The cost of this scan (£10) is not covered by the NHS examination.