THE MAYOR of Droitwich Coun Bill Moy did go to Specsavers this week to experience a new Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine.
The visit to the St Andrews Square store coincided with National Eye Health Week which began on Monday and runs until Sunday.
The OCT scanner can help detect treatable eye conditions such as glaucoma and macualar degeneration sooner.
The process only takes a few seconds and allows an optician to look deeper into the eyes than ever before, helping detect glaucoma up to four years in advance.
An OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the patient’s eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.
Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable1, an OCT scan means conditions can be managed before they get worse and can help prevent potential sight loss.
Droitwich Specsavers director Emma Singh said she and the staff were delighted to showcase the new equipment to the Mayor.
“It’s particularly timely given that it’s during National Eye Health Week.
“The investment we have made in this machine gives our team the ability to detect and manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.”
Coun Moy said: “The staff and the machine were amazing – they showed me the glaucoma and cataracts which I was aware of.
“But they were also able to tell me what had caused it and how it could be rectified which I didn’t know about.
“The process was completely painless – almost relaxing.
“It’s great the people of Droitwich have this option on their doorstep.
“I wish the staff the best of luck with it in the future.”
For an OCT appointment visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/droitwich or call call 01905 790660.