Specsavers in Newton Mearns, is the first Specsavers store in Glasgow, to have invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments. It is used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

The results are similar to 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 safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.

A word from our store director

Store director Emma Robb said: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services 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.

‘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.’

Exceptional technology

The scan will be in addition to a thorough eye test, taking just a few seconds, and is non-contact and painless. OCT scans are a free service in addition to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store.

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