The arrival of the latest piece of equipment at Chorleywood Eye Centre has made optometrist Ali Walji very happy. The new adapted digital camera, explains Ali, can help safeguard the health of Chorleywood residents.
“ With this new piece of kit we are able to take a retinal photograph of the inside of patient’s eyes. It gives us a permanent photographic reference of eye health. Everyone is unique. If eye health changes we can compare photos over time to track change. It is a more accurate way to track and monitor for eye diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments. This can reveal a lot about your eye sight but also acts as a ‘window into your body’ revealing a lot about a person’s general health status and can even detect underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. It is just amazing! “
At one recent routine examination Ali was able to pick up that the patient had a high cholesterol level.
“ I could see white spots which I suspected were cholesterol deposits and suggested he went to see his GP. The doctor confirmed I was right and prescribed aspirin and statins. The conventional way to examine the eye is to shine a light in, this camera is much more sophisitcated and effective. He was very grateful. ”
The good news is that the digital retinal photography is now carried out at Chorleywood Eye Centre with every eye test (NHS and Private) at no additional charge .
“We recommend adults should see their optician at least every two years and children at least annually unless of course they are experiencing any unusual symptoms, in which case they should pop in sooner.”
Photo shows healthy eye
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