Specsavers has invested £40,000 in new technology which can help to identify warning signs of eye ailments years in advance.
The store in The Galleries Shopping Centre can now provide customers with an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan, which can help detect treatable eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration sooner.
Benefits of OCT
The scan, which only takes a few seconds, allows an optician to look deeper into the eyes than ever before and it can help to detect glaucoma up to four years in advance.
Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, an OCT scan means conditions can be managed before they get worse and can help prevent potential sight loss.
A word from the store director
Store director, Claire Elliott, said: ‘This continued investment into expanding our store’s capabilities has given our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by helping to detect and manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.’
An OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.
‘When we opened the Sainsbury’s store, we invested in an OCT machine to ensure the new store opened with the most advanced technology and now we are thrilled to expand the original store’s offering to ensure all customers can access this service.
‘Now that both stores are back open for routine eye tests we are urging all customers who have noticed a deterioration or change in sight to book an appointment. We have stringent safety procedures in place to ensure customers feel completely comfortable and all staff will be in PPE.’
OCT scans are available for £10 as part of an enhanced sight test and can be requested when the appointment is booked.
To book an appointment, call 0191 419 2525. You will be contacted by a member of staff so any time spent in store can be minimised. All customers are invited to wear a face covering.
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 Source: RNIB and Specsavers State of the Nation Report - Eye Health September 2016