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Specsavers launch new hospital-grade scan

Specsavers launch new hospital-grade scan

Published at 10:45am 18th June 2019.

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Specsavers in Harrogate are launching a new scan that can detect health problems up to 4 years earlier than your normal eye test.

  • Specsavers Harrogate can now offer Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans, detecting serious health problems sooner than ever before.
  • The scan is in addition to your normal eye test and uses hospital-grade imaging technology.
  • OCT scans are similar to MRI and ultrasound scans, using light instead of sound to take over 1000 images of the back of the eye.

Customers can now choose to have an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan at Specsavers in Harrogate, hospital-grade equipment that creates an accurate layered image of the eye.

The new 3D scans can identify signs of conditions, including age related macular degeneration and glaucoma, up to four years earlier than when using traditional methods.

OCT scanning equipment at Specsavers Harrogate
The OCT equipment at Specsavers is hospital-grade, giving a layered image of the eye in just a few seconds

Staff at Specsavers in Harrogate are excited for the launch of the new equipment, giving them more information about any potential eye conditions than ever before:

"We've been waiting about nine months for this day because Specsavers are rolling it out across the UK, so we knew it was coming.

"It really is fantastic to use it finally having done all the training and got the instrument up and running."

Steve Clark, Optometrist at Specsavers Harrogate

How does OCT scanning work?

Optical Coherence Tomography scans are similar to MRI and Ultrasound scans in that they use light instead of sound. 

The machine uses a totally safe laser light source, without x-ray type radiation or puffs of air, to take a full 3D scan in just a few seconds.

Specsavers will then store the images and can note any changes over time, further helping them combat health issues as early as possible.

Ben having OCT Scan at Specsavers, Harrogate
Stray FM's Ben Groom has an OCT Scan at Specsavers in Harrogate

To book an appointment at Specsavers in Harrogate, give them a call on 01423 564515 or head to their website.

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health & Wellbeing Show went along to Specsavers in Harrogate to find out more about the new scanning equipment:

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