State-of-the-art technology used at a pioneering opticians in Kettering is helping to find potential problems with people’s eyes, saving their sight.
A specialist 3D scanner at Davis Optometrists, in Crispin Place picked up a problem with patient Julie Jacobs’ eyesight.
The early detection of the eye conditions are now being monitored and helped prevent further issues which could potentially have affected her sight on a long-term basis.
The 54-year-old, from Rothwell, said: “At first I thought it was an eyelash so I tried to get it out but I couldn’t as there was nothing in my actual eye.
“The scan was very quick and the team at Davis Optometrists explained the process to me.”
The 3D Scan picked up floaters, which are small pieces of debris that drift in and out of vision and drusen, which are yellow deposits under the retina.
If drusen are diagnosed, lifestyle changes, diet and supplements can be discussed to help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
Mrs Jacobs said: “These tiny yellow build ups of material at the back of the eyeball are very common in people over 40 and were picked up when I had a 3D scan. “I’m just glad both conditions were picked up, because now they are monitoring me, which is reassuring as our eyesight is so important.
“My nan also had severe deterioration in her sight, but that was back in the days when the technology they had was far less advanced and she didn’t have access to the types of scan we have now, so I feel very fortunate.”
Ewa Goulding, an optometrist at Davis Optometrists, said: “Our pioneering in-depth 3D scans, available in most of our branches, can detect all sorts of ailments including serious illnesses such as diabetes and tumours.
“It’s vital people undergo regular eye checks to ensure their eyesight is healthy because, there are some conditions that severely affect sight if left untreated.
“Many people think eye problems only affect older people, but the earlier a diagnosis is made, the better in terms of treatment and long-term prognosis.”
Davis Optometrists are supporting National Eye Health week by making a donation to the Macular Society charity for every eye test carried out this week.