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Up until recently the best an optometrist or ophthalmologist could achieve with a handheld indirect ophthalmoscope was a limited view of your retina (fundus) after full dilation of your pupils. If associated with other problems of the lens media like cataracts this view was limited still further.

Up until recently the best an optometrist or ophthalmologist could achieve with a handheld indirect ophthalmoscope was a limited view of your retina (fundus) after full dilation of your pupils. If associated with other problems of the lens media like cataracts this view was limited still further. Now there is a collection of new technology available that can improve that view and spot symptoms and disorders (retinopathies) of the retina earlier. These disorders often occur at the outer edge of the retina (ora serrata), towards the front of the eye behind the Iris and could often not be seen by older methods easily.

These machines are very expensive given the technology involved and could not be entertained by the fees received by optometrists for an NHS sight test. (less than £20) as they also take more clinic time as well as leasing or purchase costs. However patients with no known problems only need an eye examination every 2 years, and those with suspect conditions will need checks more often. Depending on the machine involved and the number of procedures necessary, the costs will be an additional £20 to £100. Less than keeping your car MOT’d and serviced, so what’s more important?