17.04.2012

Eye check-up save patient"s sight

Eye check-up save patient"s sight

By Alexa Kaczka

Eyecare professionals are constantly urging people to have regular eye tests and check-ups in order to spot the development of eye conditions and other problems, and the value of doing so has been highlighted by the case of a Solihull man.

Dennis Mee, 78, agreed to test out a new Ocular Coherence Tomography machine at a local facility recently, becoming the first person to use the £50,000 apparatus since it was bought, the Birmingham Mail reported.

However, the scan revealed that the patient was actually suffering from wet macular degeneration, which can cause blindness if it is not treated, and he was able to undergo treatment immediately.

He now says the scan has saved sight in his eye and said it proves the effectiveness of having such check-ups on a regular basis.

"It's a fantastic piece of equipment. It put me in a position where I could go to the hospital and get treatment straight away so I didn't lose my eyesight," he told the newspaper.

by Martin Burns


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