Specsavers in Sutton-in-Ashfield has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.

From the start of February, Specsavers in the Idlewells Centre is offering enhanced eye examinations with the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning for an extra £10 in addition to the regular eye test fee.

The state-of-the-art technology, which is normally found in hospital eye departments, 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. Optometrists have undergone extra training and accreditation to assist them with the interpretation of  results.

A word from the store director

‘The OCT equipment can pick up a multitude of conditions that can go undetected in their early stages,’ explained practice director, Nigel Davidson.

‘These include age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, as well as changes to the optic nerve which may be symptomatic of a more serious problem, for example a brain tumour. The provision of this technology is not currently funded through the NHS. However, we feel it is important to let our patients know that we are able to provide this extra service.’

How it works

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.

A customer’s OCT images will be stored on file so we can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.

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