Specsavers has now successfully completed the installation of millions of pounds worth of life-saving fundus cameras across its network of UK stores.
The fundus cameras allow Specsavers Corporate Eyecare to provide a digital retinal screening service to all appropriate clients. Retinal screening with a fundus camera is an integral part of health and wellbeing, with the emphasis on preventative care.
Now being used routinely by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare in full eye examinations for the over 40s, including for VDU and safety eyewear, the fundus technology allows the optometrist to detect and monitor the following illnesses and health conditions:
various heart conditions
cancers of the eye, such as melanomas
hypertension (high blood pressure)
Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, explains: “With, for example, 2.6 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes and over 500,000 people who have the condition but are unaware, this screening is a vital part of health and wellbeing. Detecting such conditions with a fundus camera is very inexpensive but could save businesses millions in absenteeism and long-term sick leave.”