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Technology and Equipment

The Heidelberg HRT3 :
(available at the Huntingdon practice only)The Heidelberg HRT3 is one of the most advanced tests available for the early detection and monitoring of Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration.

Speak to your optician and protect your most treasured sense from the risk of damage.

Heidleberg HRT


Retinal Photography:

(available at the Huntingdon & Ramsey practice only.) This state of the art digital retinal camera takes an instant photograph of the back of the eye. The pictures are stored on the computer, which allows us to look for changes from one visit to the next. It also displays a better and more detailed inspection of the most important central area of the retina.

Retinal Photography

Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

This is one of the world’s leading causes of blindness affecting 70 million people worldwide. Since there are few symptoms in the early stages, most people are unaware of having glaucoma and when loss of vision is experienced, damage is irreversible. This disease damages the Optic Nerve Head and can affect anyone. A simple, non-contact, pain-free test using the Heidelberg HRT 3 can detect glaucoma before it progresses and allow for early treatment.

Macular Degeneration:
The macula is the central part of the retina at the back of the eye and is used for detailed vision, as the eye ages this central area can suffer from ‘wear and tear’ – a process known as macular degeneration. This can cause a gradual deterioration of detailed central vision, peripheral vision often remains unaffected. Eventually an ‘empty’ area can develop in the centre of the vision, which causes difficulty with tasks such as reading, driving and watching television. Treatment is possible for a small number of people with a specific type of macular degeneration.

The Heidelberg HRT 3 is one of the most advanced test available for the early detection and monitoring of Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.

Speak to your optician today and protect your most treasured sense from the risk of damage. There is an additional charge for this.

 Diabetic Screening: (available at the Huntingdon practice only).
The practice has three optometrists (Sheila Urquhart, Emma Logan and Sally Bushby) who have been accredited by Hinchingbrooke Hospital to carry out diabetic retinopathy screening. People who suffer from diabetes, either insulin dependent or diet controlled, are at risk of developing complications that can affect their sight and the health of their eyes. Screening for signs of diabetic eye disease should be carried out on a yearly basis, or more frequently where appropriate. The screening involves using eye drops to widen the pupils and then taking a photograph of the back of the eyes. The optometrist is then able to examine the photograph and decide if there are any changes or complications that need further investigation. Traditionally this has been carried out in the Hospital eye department, however with the appropriate equipment and accreditation this can now be carried out within our Huntingdon practice.


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