Specsavers in Tamworth has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before, helping to detect conditions a lot sooner.

The store in The Ankerside Centre now boasts an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, 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.

‘This investment allows us to detect conditions much sooner, in some cases before any symptoms are even apparent,’ said Tamworth Specsavers store director, Lisa Large. ‘We’re delighted with this addition of the OCT machine.’

The technology uses a laser light source to produce a structural scan of the eye, including not normally visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to that of an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image.

A great service

‘It adds great value to our service as an opticians, allowing us to detect or manage conditions with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’

The scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. Scans are kept on file so that the store can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.

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