Can you spot the difference?
One in two sixty year olds have some form of cataract.
As we get older the lens inside our eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent. A lens that has turned misty, or cloudy, is said to have a cataract. Over time a cataract can get worse, gradually making your vision mistier. A straightforward operation can usually remove the misty lens and replace it with an artificial lens to enable you to see more clearly again.
Why should I have a SPECTRALIS® 4D HD Eye Health Check?
A cataract can make it difficult for your healthcare provider to assess your retina for any other signs of disease using traditional retinal photography. You may be unaware of any other problems in your eye until significant vision loss has occurred or the cataract has been removed. However, it is important that diseases of the retina are detected early and treatment is commenced as soon as possible, in order to reduce the risk of vision loss. This is particularly crucial pre- and post-cataract surgery, as it is important that your eye health and general health is checked carefully. This is so your healthcare provider can assess your eye for any other signs of disease that need treatment and also to help them decide which lens to implant when they perform your operation, to ensure the best outcome.
Early detection and rapid referral for treatment are key to saving sight.
The SPECTRALIS has the ability to scan your eyes for tiny changes and monitor the progression of these changes over time, even in patients with cataract. It can measure tiny changes in your eye over time to 1/1000 millimetre at every visit. Your eye care professional will keep a record of all your check-ups on their computer and be able to compare past scans of your eye with current ones to check for early signs of retinal disease and monitor your eye health pre- and post-cataract surgery.
The result is a truly 4-dimensional eye health check. Early detection and referral for treatment is the key to minimising sight loss caused by retinal disease and the 4D HD Eye Health Check offers you the peace of mind that comes with knowing if your eyes are healthy or that your eye care professioanl will see the smallest change before you do.
Where can I find out more about cataract?
You can find out more about the different types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma here here: http://www.nhs.uk/