Specsavers in Bury St Edmunds is now using digital retinal photography to help detect the early signs of a number of health conditions.

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The photography, which is carried out by a fundus camera in store, allows a Specsavers optician to take a detailed picture of the back of the eye. The optician can then monitor not only the individual’s eye health but also their overall well-being, detecting any possible signs of other conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, risk of a stroke and symptoms associated with brain tumours.

Life saver

Specsavers Bury St Edmunds store director, Marc Mitchell 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.

Early detection

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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