Onlookers Opticians on Kelleythorpe Industrial Estate, Driffield, have invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment that can detect a number of key eye conditions.
Called a 3D Optical Coherence Tomography system, the machine harnesses complex technology to measure the eye and particularly the layers of the retina - the light sensitive area at the back of the eye.
Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye. OCT can image in 3D allowing one of our optometrists to see problems within that could not be easily seen before.
Dispensing optician Andy Hodgson said: “The test is very simple, takes just a few seconds and is completely non-contact. There are no sudden puffs of air and only a small flash of light. Never before has it been easier to find out the exact state and location of a particular eye condition. Our optometrists can then review the images on a PC screen and pin point areas of concern by digitally “peeling the layers back” until they define what it is that they have identified as requiring further investigation.”
He explained: “The retina can be damaged by many common eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, and age related macular degeneration. Damage to the retina can lead to visual impairment or even blindness. Many of these conditions can be hereditary so it is particularly important to someone who has a family history of any of these eye conditions to have regular eye examinations.
Emily Proudfoot, one of the optometrists at Onlookers commented “Using this machine, we can pick up any problems at a much earlier stage, usually allowing you better treatment options and a better outcome”.
Only 10 years ago OCT technology was mainly used in research, but recent advances in the technology have brought this to the forefront of eye care. This revolutionary technology is quite common in eye hospitals but this top level of care is available in only a few private consulting rooms or High Street optometry practices. Director Andy Hodgson said “we thrive to provide the best eye care for our patients, so we have invested a large amount of money to ensure that the very best technology is available to protect your eyesight now, and in the future”.
There is an additional charge for the OCT scan, as it is not part of the standard NHS eye test, but the benefits are obvious. So you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your eyes are in the best condition possible.
Make sure that when booking your next eye test, you ask about an OCT scan. Onlookers can be contacted on 01377 200040.
For more information on OCT and eye health please go to www.onlookers.co.uk.