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OCT rollout in every Specsavers announced

The multiple will ensure all 740 of its UK practices have an OCT device installed within the next two years

Eye examination using an OCT device

Specsavers has announced a multi-million pound plan to ensure that each of its 740 practices in the UK has an optical coherence tomography (OCT) device installed within the next two years.

The nationwide rollout will begin in June, the multiple said, confirming that 35 of its practices already have the machine in store. 

Speaking about the investment, optometrist and co-founder of Specsavers, Doug Perkins, highlighted that 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.”

He added: “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 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.” 

As part of the rollout programme, Specsavers has committed to train all clinical and support staff in using OCT before it is installed in a practice. A training mentorship scheme would also be introduced, the multiple confirmed.