A patient has an OCT scan at Specsavers Mere Green Sutton Coldfield-May17

OCT rollout announced for all Specsavers stores

Specsavers is to invest in a multi-million pound programme to offer optical coherence tomography (OCT) to patients in each of its 740 practices across the UK.

The nationwide rollout begins next month and is expected to be completed within two years. Around 35 practices already offer OCT.

Specsavers co-founder and optometrist, Doug Perkins, says: ‘This is simply the right thing to do in terms of offering our patients a choice of the best possible technology in their eye examination.

‘By allowing us to examine the eye in more detail than ever before, the OCT scan will help us to identify early signs of various eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration and glaucoma earlier than by traditional methods alone. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them.

‘It is another major step forward in our journey to transform eye health, putting hospital-grade equipment in the community and helping to close the gap between optometry and ophthalmology.

There will be significant investment in a programme of training for all clinical and support staff before OCT is installed in each practice and continuing mentorship afterwards.

Doug concludes: ‘We are delighted that we will be able to offer all our optometrists the opportunity to work with OCT to better care for their patients, supported of course by world-class and continuing professional development.’

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