Over the last 20 years or so, technology has advanced at a great a pace, so much so that many high street opticians have been able to offer a photographic examination.

This is very useful in establishing an image of the optometrist’s findings and a permanent record; something we too have been doing now for many years.

As technology has increased our knowledge, so have more and more different instruments been developed one of which is the Optical Coherence Tomographer or OCT, and there are several versions available.

We however decided to wait, but have now invested in a SPECTRALIS 4D EYE SCANNER, which is the equivalent of a CAT scan for eyes, and one that many retinal specialists in the NHS use.

Unlike 3-D eye scanners available, SPECTRALIS adds the fourth dimension, allowing us to monitor changes over time to 1/1000 of a millimetre in exactly the same place in the eye on every visit and examination.

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OCT of a normal eye
retinal photograph of a normal eye
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Eileen Gay Opticians have been operating traditional methods of practice since opening in 1987, and are now delighted to be able to enhance our services to you, with the latest innovations in eye care.


What is the SPECTRALIS 4D HD eye health check?

The SPECTRALIS 4D HD eye health check is much more than your standard sight test. It employs the use of a high-tech eye scanner to scan your eyes and look for very early signs of retinal disease. This technology is used on board the international space station to check the health of astronaut’s eyes and now you can have your eye health checked in exactly the same way here on planet Earth, as we have invested in this same eye scanner.


Ask Mrs Gay about your SPECTRALIS Health check at your appointment

OCT of macular hole
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OCT of cystoid macular oedema

Remove the doubt and confusion with SPECTRALIS

The 4D HD eye health check can detect:


One in two patients with glaucoma don’t know they have the disease. Glaucoma is a hereditary disease that is often called ‘the thief of sight’. you can be unaware that you have it until the disease has reached an advanced, and irreversible, stage as your brain compensates for the blind spots in your vision by filling in the gaps. Unfortunately, this results in either ‘seeing things’ that are not really there or missing the things that are.


Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

One in two cases of serious sight loss is caused by AMD. AMD can rob you of your central sight. Once this is affected simple activities like driving, watching TV and even recognising faces becomes impossible.


Diabetic Retinopathy:

One in two patients with diabetes are unaware they have the disease. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause sight loss. Early detection and treatment can reduce the chance of sight loss for 9 out of 10 patients with diabetic retinopathy.



One in two sixty year olds have some form of cataract. 350,000 cataract procedures are carried out each year in the UK, the vast majority with excellent results. To get the best outcome from cataract, it is important to have a full retinal examination prior to treatment.


Early detection and rapid referral for treatment are key to saving sight.

One in two cases of sight loss can be avoided through early detection and receiving the right treatment at the right time. We will keep a record of all your check-ups and be able to compare past scans of your eye with current ones to look for any changes which might affect your vision. The result is a truly 4-dimensional eye health check. The SPECTRALIS 4D HD eye health check offers you the peace of mind that comes with knowing if your eyes are healthy or that we will see the smallest change before you do.   

OCT of Dry AMD
OCT of Wet AMD