Optometrists at Specsavers Nottingham are now able to view customers’ eyes in more detail than ever before thanks to a special piece of 3D scanning technology.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) 
The store has invested in two OCT machines. 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.

Scans of the eye
The technology produces a detailed advanced scan of the of the eye, including layers that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. 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 totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.

‘We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers this additional diagnostic service, which previously would have needed a hospital visit,’ said store director and optometrist Ravi Chawda. ‘The investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by helping to identify or manage conditions, up to five years early, by using the OCT.’

Quick and painless
‘We’d like to reassure customers that the scan is non-contact and painless, taking just a few seconds,’ added Ravi.  ‘It’s conducted in addition to a thorough eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked, or when the customer arrives in store.’

A customer’s OCT images will be stored on file to help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health. The cost of the OCT scan (£10) is not covered in the NHS examination.

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