Specsavers Castlebar and Ballina have invested in hospital-quality equipment that can help detect treatable eye conditions sooner. The Mayo stores have introduced an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT ) scanner - a cutting-edge piece of equipment that allows opticians to view the eye in more detail than ever before.
Speaking about the state-of-the-art optical technology, Specsavers Ballina store director Kelley McGrath, stated: "It is all part of our commitment to providing customers with access to the very latest optical technology, helping to detect a number of eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, sooner. OCT can also help to detect glaucoma up to four years in advance.
"Specsavers Castlebar and Ballina are leading the way in terms of the advanced technology on offer in store. An OCT scan would have previously required a hospital visit, but now there really is no excuse to not keep on top of our eye health.
"This innovative technology gives our opticians the ability to enhance the offering for customers by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions."
Niamh O’Connell, store director at Specsavers Castlebar, added: "OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it allows us to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. Given that 75% of vision impairment and blindness can be prevented, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment."
The OCT scan is non-contact and painless. A customer’s OCT images are also stored on file, so Specsavers optometrists can note any changes over time – a real benefit when monitoring someone’s overall eye health.
OCT is now available in Specsavers Castlebar and Ballina. For further information, pop into Specsavers Mayo stores at Unit 9, Hopkins Road, Castlebar / Tone St, Ballina or call 093 903 8750 / 096 75446. Alternatively, visit www.specsavers.ie/book/castlebar / www.specsavers.ie/book/ballina