Ellen Fletcher, senior optometrist at Specsavers in Salisbury is keen to remind customers that a sight test can check wider health conditions and urges residents to put their 2-year eye examinations top of the 'to do' list this month.
Why the reminder?
June marks many awareness weeks and one of these is Diabetes Week. Ellen is mindful that many customers are unaware that a sight test can check for lots of conditions besides our sight - some that can even increase your risk of going blind - and one indicator could be signs of diabetic eye changes.
How health concerns are picked up during an eye examination
Digital retinal photography is an important and clever tool that helps optometrists like Ellen spot any concerns regarding an individual's health during a sight test. The camera takes a photograph of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the microcirculation of blood can be directly observed.
It is already included as standard part of an eye test at Specsavers for all patients over 40 and when otherwise deemed necessary by the optometrist.
Want to learn more?
If you are due an sight test and are over the age of 40, do pop into Specsavers at Salisbury for your 2-year eye examination.