5 Head Street, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1NX
Telephone 01206 573892
Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5pm,
Saturday 8.45am to 4pm

Our Technology

Give yourself the best eye health check you possibly can with our OCT scanner. Available for an additional £25 when you have a private or NHS sight test.

What is an OCT eye scan?

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a hospital-grade, advanced scan of the eye similar to an ultrasound. OCT uses light rather than sound waves to image the many different layers that make up the retina (the inside of your eye). With OCT we can easily see all the important layers of the retina that are usually invisible to us in a normal eye exam (or even with retinal photography). An OCT scan is quick, safe and painless, and takes a retinal photograph. The quality of the scan is much less dependent on the need for eye drops, to dilate your pupils, than traditional retinal photography.

The Benefits of OCT: Beyond the tip of the iceberg

OCT imaging can detect common, treatable eye diseases such as glaucoma up to 4 years earlier than a standard eye test, and is the earliest way to detect all forms of Age-related Macula Degeneration (AMD). This state-of-the-art instrument allows our optometrists to take both a photograph of the retina, and a 3D cross section of every layer of the retina beneath that surface layer. An OCT scan should be part of every adult’s regular eye tests, but is essential if you have a family history of glaucoma or AMD.

Our OCT scans are only ever performed by fully qualified and OCT trained optometrists. After the scan, we take time to carefully explain what it shows us, and discuss the results with you.

Essilor Eye Ruler 2

Do you find it difficult to see yourself when you are choosing new frames? Can choosing the right frame for you be difficult? If so, then we have invested in a clever new system to help you out.

Our iPad App can freeze your face on screen, letting you see a clear picture of yourself in up to four frames. This not only helps you see clearly, but allows you to compare frames against each other on screen.

This complimentary service is available to any patients who would like to find choosing their new frames an easier experience.

  • Tom Ford

    Tom Ford S/S 2021 Eyewear Collection

  • Walter & Herbert

    Beautiful eyewear designed, manufactured & tested in England.

  • Oliver Peoples

    Exclusive Hand-Crafted sunglasses with subtle detailing, retro aesthetics and high-quality materials.

  • Book your sight test online

    You can now submit a sight test request online. From the sight test menu above, select “Book appointment” and complete the requested information. On receipt of your request a member of staff will contact you with the closest appointment to your request.    

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