A Wokingham optician has invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment which could help save the sight of local residents.

Advanced eye-scanning system

The Specsavers store has taken delivery of an advanced eye-scanning system that will help to detect a range of eye conditions. The machine will be used to improve detection of Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.

The Optical Coherence Tomography system (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test, using light waves to take cross-section pictures of the retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). With OCT, each of the retina’s distinctive layers can be seen, allowing Specsavers optometrists to map and measure their thickness.

Quick to carry out

Sean Caskey, optometrist director at Specsavers Wokingham, says: ‘The OCT has been a revelation to the practice and is an incredible diagnostic tool to have at our disposal. The process is non-invasive, painless, and very quick to carry out.

‘Technology such as this will help opticians like Specsavers be at the forefront of early detection for conditions such as Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma . Most of our customers are unaware that we carry out scans such as this, which are helpful in working towards preventing blindness.’

OCT will routinely be offered to all customers who are over forty, or who have medical or optical conditions that would indicate its use. There will be a charge for the service. 

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