Basic eyes tests "do not spot everything"

Basic eyes tests "do not spot everything"

Many people are under the impression that undergoing an eye test can identify every possible eye condition and ensure they are fully checked out, but this is not the case, according to one expert.

Nick Atkins, an ambassador for Rohto Dry Eye Relief, said that regular eye examinations can help in the detection of general health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and even brain tumours, as well as the detection of eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

However, he said it was important to note that some conditions might not be fully detectable in a basic NHS eye examination and more detailed evaluation may therefore be advisable.

"Today laser scanning camera"s and examination with an OCT, the equivalent of an MRI for the eye, will give optometrists far more information about the health of the eye than simply using the traditional handheld devices," the expert commented.

His comments followed the publication of a study presented at the Alzheimer"s Association International Conference, which found that the width of certain blood vessels in the back of the eye were significantly different for people with Alzheimer"s compared with healthy people. 

by Martin Burns

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