Eye test could help uncover heart disease

31 May, 2016
Eye test

As February was National Heart Month, Huddersfield Specsavers is urging the local community to have regular eye tests to help monitor their eye health. 

Undetected symptoms 

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a warning sign of heart problems and can often be detected during a Specsavers eye test. Through careful examination of the retina, an optometrist can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can indicate cardiovascular disease.

An eye test can show the optician if the blood vessel walls are thickening or narrowing the vessels and restricting blood from reaching the retina. In some cases, the eye becomes swollen and its function is limited. High blood pressure is often symptomless and affects one in three adults.

Shocking statistics

Meal Wheater, Store Manager at Huddersfield Specsavers, said: ‘It is shocking that so many people from our region suffer from heart and circulatory disease. Every three minutes someone in the UK is struck by a heart attack with around 30% being fatal. The retina is a key window for our optometrists to pick up on underlying health problems beyond simply identifying vision loss.

‘We urge all of those who haven’t visited us for more than two years to book an appointment. An eye test is critical as it enables us to spot any potential issues as soon as possible.’

Specsavers in Huddersfield collected donations from customers throughout February in aid of British Heart Foundation research.

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