Our eyes are probably the part of our body we tend to neglect the most, but we would certainly be in the dark without them.
How would you cope being partially sighted or even blind?
Here in Guernsey, Suzanne Dimayo at Trouteaud Opticians is leading the way in offering eye tests to assess your risk of developing macular degeneration.
This condition affects central vision and is the leading cause of visual loss in the Western World.
The density of the protective macular pigment is measured using an Mpod and an amazing 3D image of ALL the retinal tissue, enabling detection of the earliest changes, is obtained using an optical scanner called an OCT.
The results of these tests when combined with information on additional risk factors such as smoking, family history and obesity will allow Suzanne, to offer advice on diet, vitamin supplementation where appropriate, protection against UV and blue light, along with of life style changes. These changes can greatly reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration in older age.
You may question why you would need this test if you can see perfectly well.
By the time the disease has affected your vision it is too late, a damaged retina cannot be cured. The treatment currently available can only slow progression of the disease, not reverse it. So it is best to be aware of the causes, preventative measures and symptoms now.
Do you have problems driving at night?
Are your eyes sensitive to light?
Do words disappear when you are reading?
Are there gaps or dark spots in your vision?
Do straight lines now seem distorted or bent?
If you are experiencing any of the above you may be suffering from the effects of macular cell degeneration.
Causes of macular disease:
Trouteaud Opticians offer an assessment of macular function, to evaluate your risk of macular degeneration in the future.
The practice is in Smith Street and the cost is £70.
Well worth it when you consider the value of your eye sight and that treatment is currently only available off island.
Contact Trouteaud Opticians today to book your macular function assessment.
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