The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment. It is usually found in hospital eye departments.
The machine can be used for a variety of functions. These include screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques.
Results produced 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 totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.
David Proudfoot, Store Director said;
“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.”
OCT scan Not Covered By NHS
The scan will be in addition to a thorough eye test. Optometrists will use a range of clinical tests and procedures to measure the quality of someone’s vision.
Also, they will take 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 we can help note changes over time.
OCT scans are additional to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked. They can also be arranged when a customer arrives in the store.
The cost of this scan is £10 is in addition to the eye test. It is not however covered by the NHS examination.
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