Appointments include checking for eye conditions that might reduce one’s sight later in life – “an important part of our work,” says David, and one that should be made as precise yet easy as possible. Our mission, to maximise, preserve and maintain sight, would not be complete without thorough attention to any possible special features of the sight.
It is important to review previous work too. Often a person has been told that they have an eye condition without it being explained orsuitable help being offered. Sometimes the supposed problem does not even exist!- or is not as serious as was thought. With many years’ experience in teaching, training and setting standards, David has becomea specialist in myth-busting and in offering clear, supportable advice.
Glaucoma is one such condition, affecting nearly 2% of people. The traditional test for glaucoma involved a puff of air. David prefers a new electromagnetic sensor that is more reliable and comfortable although he can make the measurement with hospital standard equipment if required. If glaucoma is discovered or suspected early in its course, before a person even realises that the eyes might be affected, treatment can keep the sight clear more successfully.
Many people worry about cataracts. If you have been told that you have a cataract (or know someone who has) and feel that things could be clearer in any way, please book an appointment. Then everything can be clearly explained for each individual and the pros and cons of any further attention discussed. On the other hand, we find that some people, who have been told that they have cataracts, in fact do not!
Macular Degeneration is the biggest cause of loss of sharpness of sight in the UK. It affects particularly the elderly, especially those who smoke or have a relative with the condition. Macular Degeneration can make distinguishing any detail difficult but does not stop a person from getting around. Some forms are treatable if discovered early such as at a routine appointment here. Others require special optical help, also available here.
Keratoconus is another area of special interest at David Hillel Optometrists. It is an eye condition affecting only one person in 2000, particularly young people. Some people wityh keratoconus just wear special specs to see normally but many need something more effective. For them, contact lenses specially fitted for keratoconus save their sight. This has been done beenever since the earliest days of contact lenses (in the nineteenth century!) David has the highest contact lens qualification and enjoys the challenge of fitting such lenses for the NHS in parts of London, emphasising that contacts continue to improve with innovation.
It is most important to have children’s eyes checked here if they appear at all abnormal. Vision defects can come to light, to improve the sight for life, if seen at an early age. The NHS pays for the checkup which concludes with discussion of the results, and most children think it’s great fun.