Specsavers in Worthing are advising people on the benefits of the fundus camera, a photographic tool which is used on select patients to detect early signs of diabetes.
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 Worthing store director, Jasvinder Sarao 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.
‘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.