National OCT rollout achieves half century milestone

Specsavers’ Chippenham store has become the 500th to go live with optical coherence tomography (OCT). The hospital-grade technology will be available in every one of Specsavers’ 900 stores in the UK and Ireland by spring next year.

The £35 million investment is set to give every customer access to the best possible eye health technology in a bid to reduce avoidable sight loss.

Councillor Desna Allen, the Mayor of Chippenham, visited the store to mark the milestone installation.

Tom Mogford, optometrist director and a head of enhanced optical services, said: ‘We were delighted to have the Mayor of Chippenham come and try the new OCT.

‘We made the decision to invest in two OCTs to ensure there were no delays for customers if they wanted to have the scan. So far uptake has exceeded our expectations and it’s making a real difference to how we’re able to diagnose, manage and treat certain eye conditions.

‘Glaucoma has become easier to spot and we’ve been able to refer customers at the earlier stages of the disease which means treatment has a higher success rate. The OCT has allowed us to better detect partial macular holes which in turn means we can give better advice on management, while diabetic customers can be referred for treatment sooner too.

‘Having this kind of machine available on the high street means we can see people who would otherwise have to go to hospital, freeing up time for eye departments to see the most urgent and serious cases.’

(From L to R) Megan Strickson, dispensing optician, Tom Mogford, optometrist director, Cllr Desna Allen, Mayor of Chippenham, Gordon King, optometrist director

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