With experts diagnosing more eye health problems now than five years ago, can latest technologies help save the vision of Britain?
Almost two million people in the UK live with sight loss and it is estimated that by 2020, more than five million will have cataracts, 516,000 will have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and 1.1 million will have a diabetes-related eye condition – all of which are sight-threatening[i].
New research from Optegra Eye Health Care reveals 90 per cent of opticians see more eye health problems now compared with five years ago[ii].
It is estimated that many British people have serious eye conditions such as glaucoma but are not yet aware of them as symptoms do not present until a later stage.
For example, approximately 600,000 are living with diabetes, which is the leading cause of sight loss, but are unaware.
Additionally, one in three UK adults will suffer from cataracts, causing blurred and cloudy vision but do not even recognise these as the main symptoms.
Leading experts from Optegra Eye Health Care, a specialist eye hospital group with 23 hospitals, state that first step to securing the best eye health for yourself and your employees is a simple eye test.
As well as allowing patients to make the most of their vision with up-to-date prescriptions, this test more importantly checks eye health. In turn, this gives patients the best chance of treatment success by picking up eye conditions at the earliest stage possible.
To ensure both patients and health care professionals are aware of symptoms and the latest eye surgery treatment options, Optegra hosts a series of open evenings, webinars and education events as well as hosting a website full of useful information and advice.
Optegra is also soon to release the Vision of Britain, a full eye health report capturing statistics about the nation’s eye health. It also offers practical advice, including knowing whether employees are entitled to free eye tests. Order your free report from www.optegra.com/VOB
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Eye surgeon and medical director for Optegra, Rob Morris, states the key groups of people who should be having regular eye tests are:
- over 50s
- people with diabetes
- those with a family history of glaucoma
- people who wear glasses or contact lenses
Alex Shortt is a consultant eye surgeon at Optegra’s newest hospital, Optegra Eye Hospital Central London. He is leading great advances in stem cell therapy, stem cell transplants, gene therapy as well as other new medical devices, which look set to change the face of eye treatments for ever.
In addition, Dr Clare O’Donnell, head of Optegra’s research division, Optegra Eye Sciences, says: “We work closely with our consultant surgeons, academics and manufacturers to constantly review and push forward treatments. From the latest multi-focal lenses for cataracts, to innovative treatments for AMD & glaucoma, we are committed to making these wonderful treatments available for as wide a spectrum of people as possible.”
Top three tips:
- Regular eye checks are essential for good eye health
- Optegra’s professional partnership programme offers eye care training and support for GPs and optometrists
- Optegra’s seven UK hospitals offer consultant-led eye treatments with the latest technologies for all eye conditions
Optegra has invested £13 million in a brand new, state-of the-art specialist eye hospital in the Harley Street district, which opened in December 2015. New technologies will include ReLEx® SmILE, which is a bladeless, flapless, minimally invasive alternative to laser eye surgery.
Specialist eye hospital group, Optegra Eye Health Care, working with private and NHS patients, is dedicated not only to treating the full spectrum of eye health conditions under one roof, but also to driving forward the future technologies.
For more information call 0800 168 6785 or visit www.optegra.com/VOB
[i] Reference: UK Vision Strategy; Feb 2014
[ii] Optegra Eye Health Care ‘Vision of Britain Report’; research by Censuswide, 2015 with 2,016 UK adults aged over 16, 50 GPs and 50 optometrists