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Detecting diabetic retinopathy

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What is diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). It can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.

However, it usually takes several years for diabetic retinopathy to reach a stage where it could threaten your sight.

To minimise the risk of this happening, people with diabetes should:

  • ensure they control their blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • attend diabetic eye screening appointments – annual screening is offered to all people with diabetes aged 12 and over to pick up and treat any problems early on

How diabetes can affect the eyes

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of cells at the back of the eye that converts light into electrical signals. The signals are sent to the brain and the brain turns them into the images you see.

The retina needs a constant supply of blood, which it receives through a network of tiny blood vessels. Over time, a persistently high blood sugar level can damage these blood vessels in three main stages:

  • tiny bulges develop in the blood vessels, which may bleed slightly but don’t usually affect your vision – this is known as background retinopathy
  • more severe and widespread changes affect the blood vessels, including more significant bleeding into the eye – this is known as pre-proliferative retinopathy
  • scar tissue and new blood vessels, which are weak and bleed easily, develop on the retina – this is known as proliferative retinopathy and it can result in some loss of vision

However, if a problem with your eyes is picked up early, lifestyle changes and/or treatment can stop it getting worse.

Detect diabetic retinopathy at Henry Smith and Hamylton

We can detect early signs of diabetes with our advanced Retinal Imaging tests- Retinal digital photography, Optomap in our Leicester city centre and OCT in our Peterborough practice. It’s important to have regular eye examinations (at least every 2 years or more often) because we don’t always experience symptoms when there are eye problems. Early detection helps to keep the eyes healthy and vision clear.

 

 

Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/

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5 optician tips to make your glasses last longer!

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You would never think that many of these simple habits are actually damaging your eye glasses over time. Cleaning the lenses with the wrong products can create tiny scratches on the glass and removing your glasses incorrectly can eventually bend the frame.

We have put down 5 easy tips that will help you taking care of your glasses:

 

  • Never clean your lenses with your shirt, paper or dirty pads, the tiny dust particles in these fabrics will scratch the lenses rather than clean them. Always wash the lenses with cold water and delicate soap, you can dry them after with a microfibre cloth, even better, you could get a specific lens cleaning spry from your optician. If you don’t have any of these products with you, try to blow on the lenses instead!

 

  •  Try not to take your glasses off with one hand, this will bend the frame over time, always use two, but If you are first compelled to take your glasses off with one hand, then you should do it from the center of the frame where the bridge is and not pull on one side.

 

  • Leaving them on your car dashboard is not a good idea, especially if it is really hot outside. The heat can in fact damage plastic and acetate frames.

 

  • Take your glasses off when opening the oven, draining pasta or vegetables: the hot steam can damage your frame and lenses.

 

  • Protect your glasses when using hair spry, perfumes or other chemicals that could damage them.

 

We hope you will find these tips useful! Remember you can always come and visit us at any of our HSH practices to get your glasses professionally cleaned and to adjust or replace your nose pad, all free of charge! 🙂

How often should you get your eyes tested

The NHS recommends that most people should get their eyes tested every two years.

However in some circumstances, they may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests;
for example, if you:

-are a child wearing glasses
-have diabetes
-are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
-are aged 70 or over

You sight test does not only tell you if your sight has got worse, it can also detect some
eye-related pathologies, such as glaucoma, cataracts or retinal problems, and some non eye-related ones such as:

Diabetes
Hypertention
Autoimmune disorders (ex. Lupus)
High Cholesterol
Thyroid disease
Cancer
Tumors

If your doctor notices that the structure of your eye is unusual, you may be referred to a specialist.
Droopy eyelid or irregularly shaped pupils could possibly indicate a neck tumor or an aneurism.

Some of the services at Henry Smith and Hamylton Opticians include:

– Specialist Macular Degeneration Lenses

– Children’s Eye Health

– Dry Eye Clinics

– Cataract Services

-3D Retinal Scan*

-Retinal Photography*

-Glaucoma Screening

-Diabetes Check

-Colour Blindness Check

-DVLA Assessment

 

Get in contact with us and book an eye test today!

HSH Leicester city centre: (0116) 262 7775

New Limited Edition Oakley Frogskins Blacklight Series – In Stock now!!!

Oakley presents the latest limited edition release of its iconic Frogskin frame. The 80s inspired Blacklight Pack features several two-tone versions of the sunglasses, all featuring polarized lenses in different colors.
Available now at our Horsefair Street, Leicester City Centre Practice!!

Piet Mondrian and Neo-plasticism Inspire RayBan’s New Colour-Block Wayfarer


Take an iconic style and mix in some artistic Dutch flare and you get the Piet Mondiran inspired RayBan Wayfarer.

Mondrian evolved his form of art to consist of white background, upon which was painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colours.

RayBan has followed suit and incorporated Mondrian’s use of colour and shapes in their exclusive Colour-Block Wayfarer. With hues of blue, red, yellow & orange, the patterns look absolutely stunning in the sunlight.

Ray Ban is available at all Henry Smith & Hamylton Practices.

CHANEL. MAKING OF THE PRESS KIT – THE FILM


Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture Studio 7L, Paris

Chanel is exclusive to Henry Smith & Hamylton Opticians in Peterborough.

The HSH Contact Lens Scheme…It’s Good!