Specsavers West Bridgford will be putting an unsung hero into the frame thanks to its support of the Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards.

The store is the proud sponsor of this year’s Volunteer of the Year category in the town’s awards, which aim to celebrate selfless individuals from the local community.

Community awards

‘These awards are a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase and recognise members of the community who go above and beyond, and we’re delighted to be involved,’ commented Specsavers West Bridgford store director, Stephen Rogers.

‘Through our own work supporting the community, whether that’s fundraising for local charities, visiting local schools or with the team giving up their time to help causes – we get to see a range of volunteers who work tirelessly to support and help those in need.  Therefore, it seemed fitting to support this category and we’d really encourage people to vote for anyone they think deserves this accolade, which you can do by clicking here.'

The team at Specsavers West Bridgford remain committed to ensuring they offer the local community the very best in optical and audiology care.  To that end, the store has recently purchased a new piece of hospital grade equipment which allows the optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.

High-tech equipment

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, which uses 3D scanning technology, 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 OCT machine uses a safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.

Stephen added: ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services 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.’

Prioritising eye health

The scan will be offered in addition to a thorough eye test, during which the optometrist will use a range of clinical tests and procedures to measure the quality of someone’s vision, as well as taking an overview of the health and function of their eyes and how they work together. The OCT scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless. A customer’s OCT images will be stored on file, so changes can be noted 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 in addition to the eye test and not covered by the NHS examination.

Nominations for the 11 Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards are now open until October 30. Winners will be announced and celebrated in a ceremony at the Becket School in West Bridgford on Wednesday 28 November.

*RNIB February 2018

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