One in two cases of sight loss could be avoided in Lincolnshire with early diagnosis and treatment believes Boston Optometrist, David Hallgate.
Our most valued of all five senses: vision, comes into sharp focus this week with National Eye Health Week. Encouraging people of all ages to have a full eye examination – available on the NHS for many – is likely to detect many conditions before symptoms appear.
David Hallgate has the most advanced eye examination and screening technology in the country and is regularly picking up the first signs of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes and macular disease.
“Early diagnosis always leads to the best treatment and outcome for patients,” he explained.
“Some of these conditions do not manifest themselves until they have reached an advanced stage and so it is important that people are having their eyes examined at least once every two years.”
Age related macular degeneration can sometimes be treated, but only when the diagnosis is early enough.
He added: “People of mature years should be aware that they are much more susceptible to conditions which may result in sight loss. Certainly regular vision checks are an indication of general health for people of all ages.”
David uses the SPECTRALIS technology, as favoured by retinal specialists around the world.
It is also being used by the International Space Station as part of a NASA programme to monitor the effects of space travel on the eyes of astronauts in space.
David’s investment in this technology ensures that he is able to perform the most advanced scanning of the retina, the light sensitive layer of tissue within the eye, and to replicate the exact same scan when patients return for future tests.
He concludes: “This technology is ahead of the field in early diagnosis of many eye conditions because it features eye-tracking which ensures that each scan is repeated in exactly the same place every time, thereby measuring the smallest change over time.”