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Eye scan detects heart disease

Work is underway on developing a scanning system for the eye which will be able to detect and grade heart disease.

For many years, it has been well known that the blood vessels of the eye give an indication of the general health as they are so small and fragile that they show signs of damage much earlier than other parts of the body. Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure and other forms of heart disease can all be seen using the high tech equipment we have at Cameron Optometry.

The new Daytona scanner just released from Optos is undergoing trials and research to see if a comprehensive and robust grading system can be set up which will help optometrists assess whether someone is at early risk of heart trouble and can be referred much earlier to a GP for treatment – potentially saving lives.

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