Daventry MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, visited a local opticians on Friday 18 May to help highlight the importance of visiting an opticians as part of the community’s ongoing eye health awareness.
As well as hearing about the range of services on offer at Specsavers in Daventry, including eye examinations, audiology and a home-visiting service, MP Chris Heaton-Harris also experienced the state of the art equipment first hand, with a full enhanced eye examination.
Important of regular eye tests
‘We’re really keen to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye tests – and to make people aware that they are a vital eye health examination as well as a vision assessment,’ said Satvinder Soomal, optometrist and store director at Specsavers Daventry. ‘We’re delighted that Chris is supporting our aim and helping us to bring this issue to the forefront of the healthcare agenda in Daventry.’
Showcasing new technology
Satvinder demonstrated the state-of-the-art Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, which is usually found in hospital eye departments. Similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan, the 3D scanning technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it allows the optometrist to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods.
The machine, which is routinely offered at the store, is used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Chris experienced an enhanced eye examination himself and was really impressed with the technological developments at Specsavers. ‘It was wonderful to visit the store to find out more about the services that Specsavers now offer to our local community, and even experience some of them first hand,’ said Chris.
Superior service in Daventry
All the opticians at Specsavers in Daventry are also accredited to run additional eye health clinics, to help people with minor eye conditions, glaucoma refinement and cataract assessment. Anyone experiencing discomfort in their eyes, such as pain, redness or flashes of light can now attend the store as an alternative to going to their GP or hospital.
‘Eye tests are about much more than testing your sight, they are an important health check, so we are taking our clinical expertise a stage further and enhancing the care we offer to our customers,’ continued Satvinder. ‘This comes with the added benefit of helping to reduce the pressure on our local GP surgeries and other NHS services.
‘All our optometrists are externally accredited to offer enhanced optical services, retinal photography, OCT and Humphries visual field analysers to provide additional information about the eyes, help manage certain conditions and ultimately prevent sight loss.’