Staff from Specsavers in Great Yarmouth are highlighting the benefits of the fundus camera, a photographic tool which is used to detect early signs of diabetes and other eye health related issues.

High magnifying lens

The fundus camera is a digital camera which is attached to equipment with a high magnifying lens. A test can take as little as 30 seconds to determine any signs of diabetes.

Specsavers ophthalmic director, Richard Pugh said: ‘The white speckles on the photo of the diabetic person’s eye [left] are hard exudates, whereas the smaller, darker areas are haemorrhages – these are signs of diabetes.

Early detection

‘Diseases like diabetes can easily go unnoticed, but with our fundus camera, we can detect it and encourage our patients to get treatment for it sooner rather than later.’

Fundus camera checks are free of charge and available to people who are over the age of 40 and have been offered the check as a result of an eye test.

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