Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic patients must have their eyes checked at least once a year due to the high risk of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the damage to the back of the eye, the retina, caused by diabetes. The condition builds up slowly and at first there are no visual symptoms – this is called background retinopathy. The commonest form of vision loss in older diabetics is diabetic maculopathy. This is caused by the blockage of small blood vessels in the eye. Other blood vessels then dilate to compensate and they leak causing fluid to accumulate in the centre of vision. When there are large areas of blocked blood vessels the response is growth of new vessels and this is another cause of visio

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name of a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. Glaucoma can be treated with a simple test, but if it is left unnoticed then it can lead to blindness in some cases. The most common type is open angle glaucoma, sometimes known as chronic simple glaucoma. This effects around two in every hundred people over the age of 40. The chances of developing this type of glaucoma increases with age. At MKO we screen for Glaucoma as part of your eye examination, however in some cases we may ask patients to come as see us specifically for this test. The three main tests for glaucoma screening are: Examination of the optic nerve at the back of the eyes Measurement of eye pressur

Age related macular degeneration

The macula is the part of you eye that gives you your clear, detailed, central vision. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is when your macula starts to wear out. This is not always with old age. AMD is the greatest cause of vision loss in the over 50’s, however it doesn’t cause complete blindness and you are still able to function. There are two types of AMD – dry and wet. Dry AMD is typified by a gradual drop in your vision. It is not treatable but it can be helped with stronger reading spectacles or magnifiers. Wet AMD causes a rapid loss of vision. Early detection of this type of AMD is essential, and it can sometimes be treated. If you notice deterioration of your vision or straight

Measurement of macular pigment thickness

Age related macular degeneration can effect many adults and it is key that it is detected early. At Martyn Kemp Opticians we are pleased to have a revolutionary instrument, which measures the thickness of the pigment that protects the macular at the back of the eye. The MPOD can predict is a person is likely to be at risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD) in middle or old age. At Martyn Kemp Opticians we have a MPOD, which is a revolutionary ophthalmic instrument for measuring the thickness of the pigment that protects the macula, at the back of the eye. The macula is that part of the eye that gives us clear central vision. Macular degeneration is when cells of the macula

Which type of contact lens programme is best for you?

If you are considering contact lenses, there are a few things to think about before choosing the lenses right for you. For example, how many day a week and hours a day do you plan to wear your lenses? Below are some of the options to consider. The main benefits of signing up to one of MKO’s monthly lens schemes are: All yearly eye exams and contact lens checks are at no extra charge when paid by monthly direct debit Daily lenses can be posted out to you at no extra cost Split/ damaged lenses replaced at no charge 20% discount off spectacles and 15% off designer name sunspecs is allowed for the regular wearer – or if two or more monthly packs of daily lenses have been ordered within the last

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