Alisdair Buchanan

Only one comment – “Wow!”…

“We went to Optrafair looking to purchase an OCT and tried them all. We trialled the SPECTRALIS and were blown away – there was only one comment – “Wow!” There is no comparison in the quality of the images, compared to everything else we saw and it is so quick and easy to use. We were utterly blown away by the technology. After eighteen months in practice it has more than paid for itself, moreover, it has helped us to position ourselves as one of the best practices in the UK. We charge appropriately for the scans and, with proper pre-marketing, this is not an issue with patients. Most of our patients are over the age of 40 but come from all walks of life and even those on NHS tests pay when they understand the benefits of screening. They like the reassurance of knowing, exactly, the condition of their eyes, particularly with conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Recently we had a 17 year old lad who was losing his vision. He had been seen by his GP, other optometrists and been to the hospital eye department twice. We carried out a posterior pole scan and saw he was losing his retinal nerve fibre layer, so we referred him for further testing for syphilis and MS.

Heidelberg is an excellent company to deal with. One of the key factors in buying the SPECTRALIS is that it will never become obsolete, as it is updated continuously. If you are serious about optometry you have to have a SPECTRALIS – it is like having a Rolls Royce or a Bentley rather than a Vauxhall.”


Alisdair Buchanan, Optometrist, Practice Owner
Buchanan Optometrists
SPECTRALIS owner since 2013

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