Specsavers in Ripon has just invested £40,000 in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.


What is the new technology?


This is the start of a new era at Ripon Specsavers as the store is the first opticians in the surrounding area that will have both the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Eye Refract machine.


The 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 new technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye 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.


The Eye Refract features a dual Aberrometer that utilises a unique and innovative technology, coupled with an automatic refraction measurement and a simultaneous iterative lens adjustment. This technology revolutionises the practice of refraction offering quick, accurate, and reliable measurements.


Eye Refract allows eye care professionals to optimise time spent with patients by offering a highly customised experience with an exceptional prescription.


A word from the Optometrist Director


Caroline Sullivan, Optometrist Director, comments: ‘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.’


What are the benefits of the new technology?


The scan will be in addition to a thorough eye test, during which the optometrist will use a range of clinical tests and procedures to measure the quality of someone’s vision, as well as taking an overview of the health and function of their eyes and how they work together. The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless.


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.


To book an eye test at the Ripon store visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/ripon, call 01765 694 777, or visit the store at 28-29 Market Place West, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1BN