Raxworthy Opticians are the first and only optometry practice to bring OCT retinal imaging to Christchurch.

OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography. It is the next generation in imaging the internal structures of the eye. The OCT is a special scanner similar to an ultrasound / MRI scanner which uses light to produce a three-dimensional image of inside the eye. It is a fast, non-contact and pleasant test where you simply sit in front of the instrument and your eye will be scanned within a few seconds.

The unique way the image is formed means that for the first time we can actually see below the surface of the retina and view the microscopic layers beneath. This is of profound importance when determining the precise diagnosis of visual problems and in helping us guide our patients on treatment options available. We are now able to offer our clients direct access to the most sophisticated eye examination available. OCT can reveal early problems or changes in your eye that you may be unaware of. If we can detect any problems early, it allows for quicker treatment and a better visual outcome.

3D OCT imaging is automatically included as part of our new Comprehensive Eye Examination and to all our VisionCare patients as we feel it is an important part of patient care.

Now, for the first time ever it is being offered to our NHS patients as part of our Extended NHS Examination. Please advise us at the time of booking if would like the Extended NHS Examination in place of your basic NHS sight test as the extended examination, including OCT imaging, will take 40 minutes in total.


We recommend OCT for all of our patients as part of an ongoing ocular health assessment, but especially for those people who are most at risk of eye conditions such as:

  • Glaucoma or family history of glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration or drusen
  • Macular holes or epi-retinal membranes
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Optic nerve disease
  • Individuals with a family history of eye disease