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OCT Screening (3D Imaging)

Shrewsbury Optometry was one of the first practices in Shrewsbury to offer OCT technology.

This is the next generation in imaging internal structures of the eye.

The OCT is a special scanner that can be imagined as an ‘optical ultrasound’ producing incredible 3D images of the inside of your eye.

Using this technology, we are actually able to see beneath the surface of the retina, which has a profound importance in picking up eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

In addition, it enables us to record with incredible accuracy the thickness of the delicate nerve fibres that make up your optic nerve, allowing us to detect diseases such as glaucoma and other eye conditions. Even certain brain tumours that can damage the optic nerve fibres on their path to the visual cortex can be detected with the aid of this technology.

Typical conditions requiring OCT:

  • Macular degeneration or drusen
  • At risk glaucoma patients
  • Diabetes
  • Optic nerve diseases
  • Floaters in the vision (black spots)

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT is a highly advanced screening for glaucoma, diabetes, age related macular degeneration, vitreous detachments and more.

The health of your eyes matters to you. It matters to us too, which is why we are offering a new way to check for potentially serious conditions that can affect not only your eyes – but your overall well-being.

Using a state-of-the-art 3D Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) camera, our optometrist will take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross-sectional scan of the back of your eye in one sitting. This allows us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick.

What’s more, this image will be stored on our computer - so we can monitor for changes to the condition of your retina with every eye test you take. This gives you an invaluable ongoing record of the health and condition of your eyes.

What can the scan check for?

Common conditions identified through regular OCT screening:

Vitreous Detachments

Vitreomacular traction can clearly be diagnosed through OCT providing invaluable information as to the current relationship between the vitreous and the retinal surface. As we get older the vitreous, the jelly that takes up the space in our eyeball, can change. It becomes less firm and can move away from the back of the eye towards the centre, in some cases parts do not detach and cause ‘pulling’ of the retinal surface.

The danger of a Vitreous detachment is that there is no pain and your eyesight will seem unchanged but the back of your eye may be being damaged.

Macular Hole

A Macular Hole is a small hole in the macular, the macular is the part of the retina which is responsible for our sharp,detailed, central vision. This is the vision we use when we are looking directly at things, when reading, sewing or using a computer. There are many causes of Macular holes, one is via the advance of the condition above, as the vitreous pulls away from the back of the eye sometimes it does not ‘let go’ and eventually tears the retina, leaving a hole. Extreme exposure to sunlight (i.e. staring at an eclipse) can also cause a hole to develop.

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration causes the gradual breakdown of the macular (the central portion of the eye). OCT can not only identify this condition and its type (there are two types, Wet and Dry) but also monitor its progress, for example if you are undergoing treatment for such a condition.

Unfortunately the risk of developing macular degeneration increases with age, and it is the most common causes of vision loss in individuals over the age of fifty.

Book your OCT scan today

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an extremely advanced health check for people of all ages. Very similar to Ultrasound, but OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye, we also capture a digital photograph of the surface of your eye to cross reference areas of concern. There is an additional charge for our OCT scan, but the benefits are clear. So enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your eyes are in great condition.

Ask today to book your appointment.


I hate eye tests, but staff here made me feel so at ease from the moment I walked through the door. I left knowing I made the right choice for change. Thank you.

Carole Markham

Having been to several different opticians over the years I became disillusioned with the quality of service and care I received. I never seemed to see the same optician twice, and always felt like their main priority was to sell me a pair of glasses.

My first examination at Shrewsbury Optometry was like a breath of fresh air. I immediately felt like I was in the hands of a professional team, and the level of examination I received was far beyond anything I had received before.

In the ten years since that first examination I have always seen Jenny Hardcastle, and I never ceased to be amazed at the new equipment used during the examinations, which seems to get more sophisticated every year.

Mrs Catrina B

Wonderful service from very nice people who genuinely care! Nothing like the high street chains at all! Attention to detail and customer care second to none. I can honestly say I have never had a better eye test! I can honestly say I have never had such wonderful help in choosing glasses and lenses! I will never go back to the high street multiples. I discovered today that the glasses I'd had from a now obsolete high street chain about three years ago were far too strong! I hardly wore them at all because they made me feel sick! Now I know why! If you need an eye test and new glasses go to these people! Danielle on the eye tests and Jess on the glasses choice and fitting - both of them are just wonderful in my opinion!

Jeremy Higgins

I was diagnosed as having a corneal disease called kerataconus some five years ago. In that time I tried a number of different opticians who didn't seem to understand my condition, and I ended up with spectacles that simply didn't give me the vision I needed.

It wasn't until I got referred to Gareth Hardcastle by my consultant Ophthalmologist that I found someone who finally understood my eye condition.

Now some five years later, I am happily wearing specialist contact lenses which give me fantastic vision from morning to night.

Simon C

Having previously tried varifocals and not got on with them I was extremely reluctant to try them again, but was becoming increasingly frustrated at constantly swapping between different pairs of spectacles.

Perhaps somewhat naively, I thought all varifocals were the same.

It wasn't until I had an eye examination at Shrewsbury Optometry that I actually had it explained to me that there was a type of varifocal that could give me the extra reading and computer distance focus that I needed.

I was impressed with the digital lens measuring, and the bespoke lens service that I was provided with.

I now happily wear my varifocals for all my day to day office work, and gone are the days of swapping spectacles.

On our Lenses

I wouldn't go anywhere else for my optical appointments!

My sight is too important to not use the best!

The staff are all very supportive and will ALWAYS go the extra mile to ensure that you are totally happy with your prescription and frames. When there has been a problem, they rectify it as fast as they are able. I have never been disappointed with the service I have received!

Thank you!

Graham Farmer

I hadn't been to see an Optician in about 10 years. I went today and was pleasantly surprised. I was welcomed the moment I walked through the door. All the staff were very helpful and friendly. Mrs Hardcastle was brilliant and explained everything in detail. Nice to know I can still be a fighter pilot! Would recommend this Optometry to anyone.Thank you everyone.

Lorraine Pryce

Our daughter Erin has Down's syndrome, and has a number of healthy issues including problems with her visual development.

I first came to hear about Shrewsbury Optometry though the hospital eye service, and was recommended to them, having had trouble finding spectaclesthat fit properly.

We saw Elizabeth who took her time to find the right frame for Erin with a specially adapted bridge that meant she no longer peered over the top of her glasses all the time.

We noticed an almost immediate difference in Erin's behaviour, and she began to take interest in objects around her, that we realised she simply wasn't seeing with standard spectacle frames.

We can't thank you enough for the time and care you took for our beautiful daughter.

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