Oakham Optician Supports Macular Society
Oakham independent Langrick & Coe Opticians is supporting the Macular Society in a bid to raise awareness of macular disease. The macular is an area in the eye and when diseased it can affect the central part of the retina and cause loss of central vision.
Langrick & Coe donated £5 for every patient who had a scan on their state-of-the-art Spectralis OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) system in July to help the lives of people with macular disease and to help fund vital research. Macular disease affects 600,000 people in the UK and is the most common cause of sight loss in the country.
The Spectralis scanner, manufactured by Heidelberg Engineering, is one of only a few in the country and will help the practice to detect, diagnose and monitor macular disease plus a whole range of eye conditions. Similar to an ultrasound, it uses light waves rather than sound waves to create an image of the different layers
that make up the back of the eye. The Spectralis was even selected by NASA for the International Space Station, where it is used to investigate eye changes associated with living in zero gravity.
The Spectralis uses a patented eye-tracking system that allows the Optometrists to identify those at risk of eye disease more easily. This means that the 3D scan is placed in exactly the same place at each visit, giving a true 4D view of change over time. This helps to reveal eye disease which may not yet be noticeable by the patient or detectable with a traditional eye exam.
“Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this figure is set to increase as the average age of our population gets older. Half of these cases are avoidable, which makes early diagnosis critical for treatment of the underlying causes and prevention of sight loss,” said Hilary Coe, Dispensing Optician and Director at Langrick & Coe Opticians.
Langrick & Coe Opticians is fully committed to providing the highest standard of clinical eye care together with a large choice of spectacles, lenses and accessories. By using the latest technology and continuing education and training, the practice keeps up to date with the latest techniques for the best possible eye care.
If you would like more information on the OCT or Langrick & Coe Opticians, please call 01572 724407 or visit: www.opticians-oakham-meltonmowbray.co.uk.