What Does An OCT Scan Look Like?

OCT produces 3D images of the layers of your retina, enabling us to detect, and monitor, any abnormalities, so you may be sure that you can be referred for treatment if required at the earliest possible stage.

By being able to detect very subtle changes to the retina that cannot be detected through other methods, it can ensure that any threat to your health or vision gets the soonest possible treatment. Our eye examination and OCT scan offers peace of mind.

Anyone can have an OCT scan. The process generally requires no eye-drops and is a completely painless procedure with no puffs of air or bright flashes of light.

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Cutting edge technology

Norville Opticians is proud to offer Optical Coherence Tomography in a number of its practices. This cutting edge technology, in conjunction with our comprehensive eye examination, enables us to detect potentially sight threatening problems much earlier than achievable with conventional equipment.

Glaucoma is a sight threatening disease that gives you no warning until irreversible damage has been caused. If detected in time by your optometrist, it is easily treated. The OCT scan can show the very earliest signs of Glaucoma ensuring you are able to get prompt treatment. A family history of Glaucoma makes you more susceptible yourself.


For Diabetics, it is a further check that goes beyond the standard retinal screening as the OCT scan can look through the layers of the retina to detect problems earlier than retinal photography.

Macular Degeneration can affect older patients and causes damage to the central part of vision. An OCT scan can provide a warning of this and help ensure timely treatment is given.



Where Can I Have An OCT Scan?

OCT scans are available at the following Norville Practices.

  • Downend

  • Gloucester

  • Keynsham

  • Stonehouse

  • Thornbury

*An OCT scan is not covered by the NHS and a private fee does apply. Ask your practice for details.

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You can book or cancel appointments at all Norville branches using our new online portal called MySight. Simply click ‘Book Online’ on the menu on the left, then click the ‘Book Appointment’ when you get to the MySight page. If you haven’t already registered, select ‘No’ when asked if you have previously used MySight. There is a simple process to follow and you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.