At David Bray, in addition to the usual eye examination procedure, we conduct special tests to check for and monitor a number of conditions:
Glaucoma affects the optic nerve. It can be detected by a simple and painless 'puff of air test' - this literally involves having a puff of air directed at your eye, and is completely painless. Some patients may require further tests, but again these are pain-free. Certain people are more susceptible to glaucoma, namely diabetics, over 60's, those with a family history of the disease, or people of African heritage. At David Bray we will ensure that any patients who fall into these categories are regularly tested for the disease.
The International Glaucoma Association - www.iga.org.uk
Diabetic patients are more susceptible to glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. We take extra care to ensure that early symptoms of any of these conditions are recognised and treated immediately. The disease affects the tiny blood vessels in the retina, and early diagnosis and treatment can dramatically reduce the effect on your sight. Certain types of diabetic retinopathy can lead to sight loss, but this is usually preventable with early detection and treatment.
In Derbyshire, screening for diabetic retinopathy is now being done exclusively by the Hospital Eye Service.
Our fully trained optometrist will examine your eyes for early warning signs using a biomicroscope. This is totally painless, and allows her to look closely at your eye, inside and out.
This is usually an age-related condition which affects central vision. It is not painful, and almost never leads to total blindness. During a routine eye examination the back of the eye will be examined for any signs of change to the macula.
Macular Disease Society - www.maculardisease.org
There are many other common conditions and diseases that can affect any patients, not just those with diabetes or glaucoma. At David Bray, you can rest assured that every one of our patients is treated with equal importance, and during your thorough eye examination our experienced optometrist will be able to detect any symptoms or problems.