Customers visiting Specsavers in Tewkesbury will soon be able to take advantage of 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before. 

The store has invested in an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine which will be available from the start of February. This is a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments which is used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. 

The technology produces a detailed structural scan of the 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, 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.

A word from the store director 

Store director, Glenn Dunkley, says: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by helping to detect or manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.

‘The OCT scan is in addition to a thorough eye test and takes just a few seconds, is non-contact and painless. It can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store and the extra cost is £10 which is not covered by the NHS examination.’

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

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