Customers visiting Specsavers in Oxford can now benefit from 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.
Viewing the eye in more detail
The technology produces a structural scan 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 and the machine uses a totally safe, laser light source.
Store director and optometrist, Abby Jobson, 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 sooner, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.
‘OCT technology allows us to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’
The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. A customer’s OCT images will be stored on file so that changes can be noted 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 in addition to the eye test and not covered by the NHS examination.