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In a survey 94% of Irish people said - out of all their senses - they would fear losing their sight most, while 75% said that losing their independence would be their biggest worry if they were blind.¹
Good eye health is essential for clear, comfortable vision. It relies on regular, professional eye examinations. The Association of Optometrists Ireland recommends that you have your eyes checked at least every two years and more often when your optometrist advises. Certain patients, such as diabetics, should have an annual eye examination.
Eye examinations are carried out by health care professionals known as optometrists (or ophthalmic opticians), who provide primary eye care services. They complete a four year honours degree programme and are responsible for the detection of eye diseases that may require medical attention, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis. At Specsavers, you will only ever be examined by a fully qualified optometrist; or an undergraduate in their final year, under supervision (as locally-run opticians, we are passionate about bringing on home-grown talent).
But world class training by itself is not enough - skilled professionals need access to the very best optical equipment. Digital retinal photography is an integral part of Specsavers eye examinations. Far more than just testing your sight, this advanced process also lets your optometrist perform comprehensive health assessments. The process uses a digital imaging device, known as a fundus camera, to take a picture of the back of your eye - the only part of the human body where the microcirculation of the blood can be observed directly.
This state-of-the-art technology helps with the detection and management of problems such as diabetic changes, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, cancers of the eye and retinal holes, or thinning. These images are saved to create a lasting record that helps your optometrists to spot previously undetectable changes within your eye, over a prolonged period.
Many opticians charge extra for using this latest optical technology - at Specsavers it is free. If you are aged over 40 or your optician recommends it, we believe that retinal photography should be included as part of your eye test at no additional cost. It is especially important for people with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, retinal diseases, flashing lights, floaters, headaches or a strong glasses prescription.
Digital retinal photography is available in all of 39 Specsavers stores throughout the Republic of Ireland. To find your nearest store visit www.specsavers.ie/stores
¹ April 2010 Survey by Sightsavers Ireland
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