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Posted by Cass - 25 September 2014

The Gift of Sight Is Truly Priceless.

Remember to take good care of your eyes and they will take good care of you.

Boots Opticians is encouraging people to open their eyes to the importance of a regular eye health checks to help detect some serious health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. These serious conditions can be detected early by examining the tissue and blood vessels at the back of the eyes.

Digital Retinal Photography

A digital retinal photograph provides a unique picture of the back of the eye, creating a permanent record of your eye health so any changes to eye health can be easily identified and monitored over time.

Checking for Disease

However, with diagnoses of Type 2 diabetes in the population rising sharply over the last 20 years, and conditions such as high blood pressure remaining undiagnosed in up to 5 million people across the UK. Boots Opticians is championing the right of every individual to have a digital retinal photograph as part of their eye health check, to help detect these serious health conditions.

The move by Boots Opticians to offer digital retinal photography as part of a standard eye check and at no extra cost, is supported by new research from Boots Opticians, which shows that more than three-quarters (76%) of Boots Optometrists have referred a patient on to their GP for further consultation following an eye health check and digital retinal photograph., and a massive 86% have found their early intervention and diagnosis has helped prevent a more serious health condition or outcome.

What the Different Experts Say

Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Director, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme says:

€œIt is important for everyone to have a regular eye check. Digital retinal photographs are a helpful addition to the traditional eye examination as this can help to identify changes in the retina, for example, changes in the shape of blood vessels, which could indicate high blood pressure.

In addition, it can also help to detect signs of serious eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma which can lead to vision loss, as well as identifying potential tumours or haemorrhage.€

Victoria O'Connor, Boots Optometrist says:

€œJust like other parts of our bodies, our eyes change, so taking steps to look after our eyes and tracking eye health over time, is vital. There are lots of myths about eye health and although more than three-quarters (78%) of people consider sight to be their most precious sense,[iv] only two-thirds (61%) actually have their eyes checked regularly. It is important to remember that regular eye checks are not just about looking after your eye sight €“ your eyes can help to tell us lots about your general health and wellbeing, so getting them checked regularly should be a priority.€

Tracy Kelly, Head of Care at Diabetes UK, comments:

€œAll people should take a proactive approach to have an eye health check. As well as picking up early stages of eye disease such as glaucoma and cataracts (which are more common in people with diabetes) retinal screening can in some cases pick up undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes due to changes in the back of the eye. The patient can then be referred to the doctor for a diagnosis. Diabetes UK is already working with Boots pharmacy to help people assess their risk of having Type 2 diabetes and is pleased to see Boots Opticians taking a similar preventive approach to eye health.€

Book Your Appointment Now

To book an eye health check, speak to your Boots Optician or make an appointment by calling 0345 125 3752 or visit www.boots.com/en/Opticians/Eye-Health.

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