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Optomap & OCT

In December 2022, we launched our brand new Optomap retinal imaging machine. Again, this is a first for Blackburn’s high street. While the 3D-OCT allows us to view and image layers below the surface of the retina, the Optomap allows us to view and image a larger area of the retina. Optomap captures up to 82% of the retina whereas a standard fundus photo will only capture around 15%.


Here's a video demonstrating this difference:

Benefits of Optomap and OCT:

  • Both are simple, non-invasive procedures that takes just seconds

  • 3D-OCT enables us to view the microscopic layers below the surface of your eye, allowing us to detect potential abnormalities that are not apparent during a standard eye examination. Eye conditions such as diabetic maculopathy and macular degeneration can be detected earlier than in a standard eye exam.

  • OPTOMAP® imaging is an ultra-wide field scan which captures up to 82% of your retina compared to standard fundus photography which only captures 15%. Both machines take an image of your eye and save it electronically which allows us to view and track the developments of your eye health at every examination that follows.

  • No drops are required in most cases.

Our optometrists recommend our new advanced eye examination, which includes OCT and Optomap for every patient and especially for anybody who suffers from or has a family history of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, optical nerve disease, retinal tears, floaters, or any person with a lazy eye.


We are one of very few practices in the area that have invested in this technology to ensure the very best eyecare is available; to protect your eyesight now and in the future.


Please note, the 3D-OCT and OPTOMAP imaging are not covered as part of the standard NHS sight test and there will be a supplementary fee. Please contact the practice for more information. 

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