Specsavers in Trowbridge has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
The store in the Shires Shopping 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.
The technology produces a structural scan of the 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 machine uses a safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.
Store director Tara Galloway said: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services available 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.’
The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. Scans are kept on file, so the store can help note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.
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 not covered by the NHS examination.