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Independent welcomes new Monaco device

Pilbeam Opticians offers the Monaco, an ultra-widefield retinal imaging system with integrated optical coherence tomography

21 Jan 2019 by Emily McCormick

A Leicestershire-based independent has become the first opticians in Europe to have the new Optos Monaco device installed.

Pilbeam Opticians invested in the ultra-widefield retinal imaging system with integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) earlier this month, upgrading from the Optos P200.

The Monaco device can produces a 200 degree single-capture Optomap image in less than half a second. It also provides cross-sectional OCT views of retinal structures.

Practice owner Jonathan Pilbeam uses his ultra-widefield technology when supporting local GP practices as part of the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) and receives referrals for specialist eye testing. These patients will now be screened using the Monaco.

Speaking about the new device, Mr Pilbeam said: “Health and wellbeing is at the forefront of everyone’s minds and thanks to Monaco, we can now examine the inside of the eye in incredible detail.”

He added: “Having both technologies in one device also means we save space, which is an added bonus for us and other optometrists that perhaps don’t have masses of space in their practice.”

Optos vice president of sales for Europe, Gareth Steer, said: “Our goal is to provide outstanding technology and customer service to practices, to help them to provide the best possible care for their patients – Monaco is going to give Jonathan and his team just that.”

He added: “Both optometrists and patients will have peace of mind knowing that pathologies can be identified, even in the periphery, and that potentially sight-threatening conditions can be discovered and treated at an early stage.”

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