Specsavers in Billericay are advising people on the benefits of the fundus camera, a photographic tool which is used on select patients to detect early signs of a number of health conditions.
The fundus camera is a digital camera which is attached to equipment with a high magnifying lens. This takes a digital image of the back of the eye, known as the fundus, which is the only part of the body where the microcirculation of blood can be examined directly. It can detect signs of various health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and even life-threatening tumours.
Specsavers Billericay store director, David Farman, said: ‘The fundus camera is a really important piece of equipment and can be a potential life saver when examining the eye health of an individual.
‘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.