An eye examination can detect the development of problems such as glaucoma, retinal detachment and cataracts. Certain general health problems can also cause eye problems and can be detected through an eye examination. For example diabetes, raised blood pressure and thyroid disease. It is also not unknown for tumours to be detected at a routine eye examination.
The importance of regular eye examinations cannot be over emphasised. Early detection of eye problems will often make them much easier to be treated. This is especially true of glaucoma, which if undetected can lead to blindness due to damage to the optic nerve. Therefore everyone over 40 should have a regular eye examination and particularly so if you have a relation with glaucoma.
Diabetes is one of the most significant causes of visual loss in the population today. However this need not be the case. There is very effective treatment available for the eye changes associated with Diabetes. We are affiliated to the Cheshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening service. Although a Diabetes screening service has been in place since 1995, a national scheme based on digital retinal photography was introduced in Cheshire in 2007.
A register has been established by the NHS of all patients with diabetes. This is used to invite each person for annual diabetes screening. Following a few basic checks, drops are used to dilate the pupils and digital photographs are taken. These are then used to check for any changes related to diabetes. If you are diabetic and have not had a diabetes screening check for over a year please contact the practice to make an appointment.
Many people, both children and adults that have reading difficulties can be helped by special attention to their eye sight. This help can be in the form of exercises, glasses or specially tinted spectacles.
These are often seen as strong magnifiers, however there are nowadays many different types of aids available. They are also not just for people with serious eye problems. Special magnifiers can help with sewing, threading needles, tying flies (for fishing) in fact anything that requires fine detail close up.
They can also be used to improve television, when ordinary spectacles aren't quite good enough. If you think you have a problem, or know someone who does, please contact us for more details.
Many people can suffer from dry or watery eyes. There are now many options available to help with these annoying problems. From advice as to the best eye drops and how to use them, to helping to make the most of the tears that you have got.