3D OCT Eye Scanner

Allegro Optical is the first opticians in Meltham and Saddleworth to have invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment. Our 3D OCT eye scanner allows early detection of a number of key eye conditions, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy during a routine eye test.

The 3D OCT Scanner or 3D Optical Coherence Tomography system (3D OCT) was previously only used in hospital eye clinics.

Ocular Coherence Tomography is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. These scans can help to identify many eye conditions, including glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration in their early stages. In fact, in some cases, up to four years earlier than conventional methods.

Our optometrists can also gain a very useful insight into your general health just from the appearance of your eyes, and they may detect underlying conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. We are the only opticians in Meltham and Saddleworth to offer a 3D OCT eye scan (Optical Coherence Tomography) on the premises to provide the most detailed examination available in the area. Our 3D OCT eye scans can sometimes also reveal the very earliest signs of other health issues.

OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography, or it is sometimes called Ocular Coherence Tomography. It is a complex technology used to measure the eye and particularly the layers of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye.

A 3D OCT scan is similar to an MRI or CAT scan for the eyes. It is similar to an ultrasound scan but uses light rather than sound to look through the retina layers, giving us a 3D view of the inside of your eye. Our OCT scanner can image in 3D, allowing our optometrists to see, sometimes for the first time, problems within your eye that could not easily be seen before. With an OCT scan, we can literally see through the surface into the layers beneath, which tells us so much more and can help prevent loss of vision if changes are spotted early.

The huge recent advances in technology have transformed eyecare, with 3D OCT Scanning now standard within most hospitals. However, only the most advanced optician’s practices can offer this technology. At Allegro Optical, we have chosen to invest in a 3D OCT eye scanner to ensure that you receive the very best service available, both now and in the future.

An OCT scan is not performed as part of the NHS Eye Test but as part of an in-depth eye examination. Using the 3D OCT eye scanner, we examine your sight and the health of your eye. It is a bespoke examination that allows us to monitor images and track any changes more closely over time.

A 3D OCT eye scan is very straightforward and takes just a few seconds.  It is completely non-contact, meaning there are no sudden flashes of light or puffs of air. If we see any areas of your eye that appear unusual, the OCT measures them. We can then decide the next steps, monitor you with additional scans, to see if any changes occur over time in your eye, or refer you for further investigation.  

Our 3D OCT technology checks for any abnormalities or damage. The retina and soft tissue of the eye can be affected by many common diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes and Age-Related Macula Degeneration. These conditions can lead to visual impairment or even blindness if not detected and appropriately managed.

By performing 3D OCT eye scans, we can identify any potential problems at a much sooner, allowing for better treatment options and a better visual outcome.

The OCT instrument provides us with detailed 3D scans of two vital parts of your eye, the macular and the optic nerve, aiding the early detection or diagnosis of serious eye conditions.