More than 1,000 optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanners have been installed at Specsavers practices in the UK and Republic of Ireland as part of a £35m rollout, which started in 2017.

‘The growing use of OCT across the optometry sector has been an important development in preventing sight loss because this hospital grade equipment can spot sight-threatening conditions, such as glaucoma, up to four years earlier than traditional methods,’ said Specsavers co-founder Doug Perkins.

In the past 12 months, 7.74m OCT scans have been captured in the UK and Republic of Ireland by the multiples and more than 100,000 patients have been referred for glaucoma related pathology.