Visionary technology triumphs over tradition

January 29 2019

AN OPTICIAN in Fishponds has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before.

Specsavers Fishponds now boasts an optical coherence tomography machine, usually found in hospital eye departments.

The cutting-edge equipment is used for a variety of functions, including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

The technology uses a laser light source to produce a structural scan of the of the eye, including layers of the eye not normally visible using traditional eye testing techniques.

The results are similar to that of an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images, which are built up to form a total image.

Fishponds store director Kevin Clancy said: “It’s important to invest in the latest technology so that we can offer the best possible service for our customers. Therefore, we’re delighted with the addition of the OCT machine.

“It adds great value to our service as an opticians, allowing us to detect or manage conditions with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit. The sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.” OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it enables optometrists to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. The scan takes just a few seconds and is non-contact and painless.

Scans are kept on file, so the store can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.

For more information, pop into Specsavers at 767 Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3BS, call 0117 965 9241 or visit