Customers visiting  Specsavers in  Wellington can now  take advantage of  3D  scanning technology  which allows the eye  to be viewed  in more detail than ever before.   

The  store has invested in an  Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)  machine. 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  ultra sound  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,  Emma Davies,  said: ‘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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