The picture that could save your life
Specsavers customers in Felixstowe can benefit from a potentially lifesaving health-assessment service, thanks to the state-of-the-art fundus camera.
The fundus camera is a specialised microscope with an attached digital camera, which takes a digital image of the back of the eye, known as the fundus.
Umesh Bhoola, store director at Specsavers Felixstowe, says: ‘The fundus camera can play a vital role in the early diagnosis and management of many conditions, which can lead to blindness if not detected at an early stage. Some are potentially life-threatening.
‘The fundus camera broadens the testing process to deliver a more in-depth health assessment for the customer. It also enables them to see the image, which helps them to gain a greater understanding of the test. It is then retained as a record, to help monitor any changes over a prolonged period.’
Monitoring of conditions
Fundus camera images can help with the early detection and monitoring of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, as well as heart disease, high cholesterol, detached retinas and high blood pressure. The free service is offered as part of an eye examination for customers aged over 25 or in cases where the optician or GP recommends it.
Umesh continues: ‘Our eyesight changes over time, so it’s vital that people come in for an eye examination at least once every two years. That’s even more important for higher risk groups, like the over 60s, diabetics and people with a family history of glaucoma.’
Routine eye examination
The service is offered as part of a routine eye examination to anyone aged over 25, or when a GP or optometrist recommends it. The opticians serves more than 500 customers a week, hosts a bespoke hearing centre and on-site lab.