Specsavers opticians on Market Hill recently celebrated its 17th birthday in Sudbury. And to add to its celebrations, the store has marked the milestone by installing hospital-grade equipment that can help detect treatable eye conditions sooner.

The store began life in Sudbury in 2003, where it first started to care for the eye health of its local community. Now, the store is delighted to be able to bolster their eye care services with the introduction of Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning equipment.

The benefits of OCT

OCT technology uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye, including the retina optic nerve.

A layered image is then created to allow the optometrist to view the deeper structures of the eye in more detail than ever before, meaning sight-threatening conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma and even brain tumours, can be picked up earlier.

Early detection means that treatment with prescribed eye drops, laser treatment or surgery can be started before people experience any significant sight loss — and an OCT scan is a key way to help detect any early changes.

A few words from the director

Lynette Copeland, retail director at Specsavers in Market Hill, said: ‘I am amazed at how time has flown by, there have been so many changes in technology over the years.

‘It wasn't very long ago that we thought our retinal camera was cutting edge - now we can offer our OCT scan using hospital grade technology.

‘It’s great news for customers, as we can use the latest technology to detect sight-threatening diseases earlier and in turn give us the best chance of safeguarding their eye health. And our optometrists do not want to ever work without one – they’re able to identify problems far easier, like macular issues that can be helped with simple lifestyle changes around smoking or diet, or indeed far more serious issues such as glaucoma, where early detection is critical.

An OCT scan is in addition to a normal eye test and can be requested when booking an appointment or when going to the store.

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