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Investment New State-- Art Technology Is Clear To See

Monday, 02 March 2009

Locals in Scarborough can now benefit from a more comprehensive health-assessment service when they visit Specsavers Opticians, after the store announced the installation of a new Fundus Camera.

The state-of-the-art equipment could now play an important role in the early diagnosis and prevention of a number of conditions for visitors to the store at 94 Westborough.

The Fundus Camera is a specialised low-power biomicroscope with an attached camera used to photograph the retina to detect glaucoma, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, age-related macular degeneration and vascular occlusions.

Specsavers has taken the initiative to ensure their customers are examined thoroughly with the best equipment available at no extra cost. The Fundus Camera broadens the testing process to provide a health assessment of each patient's whole visual system.

Alasdair Corbett, Scarborough Specsavers store director says: 'Everyone will benefit from this service and will be able to access eyecare that is appropriate to their needs. Many people are unaware that the quality of their eyes can deteriorate rapidly.

'We advise all our customers to have their eyes tested every two years and having the Fundus Camera will help us quickly identify any deterioration in the quality of a patient's sight and allows us to act upon that quickly.

'There are particular at risk groups we encourage to make an appointment with us. They include the over 60s and people with a family history of glaucoma.'

Those with diabetes are also advised to get regularly checked out. Retinopathy is a complication that can be found amongst people with diabetes, which means that blood vessels in the retina can become blocked, leaky or grow haphazardly. This damage gets in the way of the light passing through to the retina and if left untreated can impair vision.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the working age population, and everyone with diabetes should have their eyes screened at least once a year with a Fundus Camera. Early detection and early treatment of diabetic retinopathy has been shown to help prevent visual impairment, and is the best protection against the problem.