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OCT scan at specsavers.

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Booked an eye test at ss, they offered me an oct scan which is not covered by the nhs test, extra £20, is this just a gimmick? Why does the nhs fee not cover it?

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  • donnac2558donnac2558 Forumite
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    I get mine done free but it is every few years at the doctor's surgery, they come from the hospital and do it.   I have diabetes and they like to look at the blood vessels as that is where they can find changes.    So it is free on the NHS for those who need it.   Specsavers offer it as an extra as some people do like to know and then may decide to go to their own doctor.
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    I got an i-scan free of charge from Optical Express, had it also in previous years.  It's very detailed and shows 'photos' of both of my eyes.  They claim it's
    Fundus Photography
    This state-of-the-art, fully automatic, non-mydriatic camera captured a high resolution photograph, much like an x-ray, of your retina – the back inner surface of your eye to help determine the health of your eye.
    No real idea but I like it and it's free.
  • roddydogsroddydogs Forumite
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    That's the normal scan, not OCT, that ss charge extra for.
  • kirtondmkirtondm Forumite
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    Thats intresting I thought they charged £10 maybe varies per store
    OCT is different to Photos - Its useful to investigate if a problem is found. It is more nuanced if a routine check but useful as a background measure. Not sure if it is justified routinely during the COVID pandemic as extra patient exposure time unless they are doing it instead of looking in the back of your eye which would make sense.
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    p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    edited 6 August at 3:03PM
    I had one last time I went for my eye test - I thought I paid £10, but it oculd have been £20.
    As I get a free yearly eye test due to a family history of glaucoma, I thought it was worth paying for.  As roddydogs says, it;s different to the normal Fundus photo.


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    I questioned the £20, as i had seen £10 online, they couldn't explain the difference (Banstead branch) I decided against.
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    DH and I both opted for the OCT scan at our appointment on Tuesday. £10 each. They found an issue with DH's eyes, and he has been referred to eye hospital as a result. It flagged an issue with mine, that needs monitoring, but OK at the moment. So the extra money was worth it for us.
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    Hmm. I've just searched this after SS called me to confirm my appt tomorrow and ask some health questions. They offered me this thing for an extra £8.

    Just searched online and landed here. Funny how different stores charge wild varying amounts. I wouldn't pay £20 but by the sounds of it £8 is ok enough. I was wondering if it was a load of tosh but sounds like it may be worth it.

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