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500th Specsavers practice installs OCT

The multiple aims for 900 of its stores to have OCT technology available by spring 2020

22 Oct 2019 by Emily McCormick

Specsavers in Chippenham has become the multiple’s 500th practice to introduce optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology in-store.

The multiple announced the rollout of OCT devices across its portfolio in May 2017. By spring 2020 Specsavers estimates that OCT will be available in 900 of its practices across the UK and Ireland.

The aim of the £35m investment is to provide every customer with access to the best possible eye health technology in a bid to reduce avoidable sight loss, Specsavers explained.

To mark the milestone installation of the OCT device at Specsavers Chippenham, mayor of the town, councillor Desna Allen, visited the practice.

Optometrist director at Specsavers Chippenham and head of enhanced optical services at the multiple, Tom Mogford, explained that the practice opted to invest in two OCT devices “to ensure there were no delays for customers if they wanted to have the scan.”

Mr Mogford shared: “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.”

He added: “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.”

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