The team is marking its second year of providing state-of-the-art Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to customers in Newcastle-under-Lyme, a machine which allows optometrists to check and manage conditions including macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Although this 3D scanning technology is typically only found in hospital eye departments, the store has been delivering the service as part of the standard eye-test procedure at no extra cost, meaning opticians are able to view the eye in greater detail than previously.

Taking a closer look

The technology shows a structural scan of the eye, revealing layers of the eye that would not generally be visible through traditional eye testing techniques. The results are not dissimilar from the images produced by an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image. The OCT machine uses a 100% safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.

A word from the store director

Store director Peter Harvey said: ‘Investing in our OCT machine two years ago has been a huge asset to the store. We are now able to quickly and easily detect life-changing conditions, relieving patients of an additional hospital visit, as had been the case previously.

‘We’re proud to offer this service free of charge as part of a thorough eye test, to not only measure a person’s level of vision but also as a means to uncover serious eye health problems. The OCT takes just few seconds and is completely painless.

‘When we’ve obtained a customer’s OCT images, we save these on file for many years so we can note changes over time. It’s a huge asset to the store and something our customers really value as part of our professionalism and service.’

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