Walker & Reid Opticians uses state of the art digital retinal-screening device,known as a fundus camera, to make sure that your eyesight is protected, now and in the future. And unlike other opticians, Walker & Reid makes retinal photography part of every private eye examination.How this benefits you
Unlike the ophthalmoscope, our cameras provide highly detailed images of the back of the eyes, which we can zoom, filter and compare side-by-side with images captured at previous visits.
Best of all, though, we can show you what we are looking at and our optometrist will take the time to explain everything to you. Our Patients regularly tell us how reassuring this is, if everything is OK, but it also helps provide a better understanding of any problems too.
Glaucoma causes no visual symptoms that indicate a patient’s sight is at risk. As the disease progresses, a person with glaucoma may notice that their vision is gradually failing. Using images of the retina, we can detect glaucoma at an early stage and can react before permanent damage occurs.
People with diabetes can develop a condition known as ‘diabetic retinopathy’. This is when the diabetes causes changes in blood cells that feed the retina. Because these changes occur gradually, they can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness, if not detected and treated early. That’s why Silverberg recommend that diabetic patients have a full eye health check at least once a year. We use the photographs to carefully track any changes to the retina.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients
AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. This condition destroys highly sensitive tissue in the area of your eye responsible for central vision the macula. There are two types: dry AMD and wet AMD. Most people have dry AMD, which usually doesn’t lead to any major loss of central vision. But 15-20% of patients with dry AMD progress to the wet form. Wet AMD can lead to severe, permanent loss of central vision. Only regular monitoring enables us to determine in good time whether your AMD is progressing to the more serious wet form.
Patients with other retinal diseases and disorders
Regular screening will help your optician recommend the best course of treatment and follow the progress of your disorder.
Adults and children with healthy eyes
Screening offers the best potential to detect even the smallest changes in your eye. A digital image of a healthy eye in your patient record is the best foundation for diagnosing abnormalities at a later date.
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