Digital Magnifiers at IntelliSight Opticians

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is one of the most common causes for sight loss in the UK. Take a look at the five statements below – if you agree with at least two of them you be starting to suffer from either wet or dry AMD and need to be seen by an optician as soon as possible.

  • Your vision is ‘patchy’ (i.e. you miss words or lines in books or frequently lose your place while reading)
  • You sometimes see cloudy smudges in front of your eyes, particularly whilst driving
  • You can see wavy lines or kinks in doorframes or flat lines
  • You struggle with small text despite wearing the right strength prescription glasses

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye condition that effects central vision, that’s everything you see straight ahead as opposed to on the corners or sides, also known as peripheral vision.

If you are a sufferer you are not alone; it is one of the most common eye complaints in the UK and unfortunately a leading cause of blindness. It is most likely to affect people in their 60s and research published in March 2017 suggests smokers are up to 4 times more likely to contract the condition.

AMD falls into two categories – dry and wet.

Dry AMD will develop slowly but currently there is no known cure. Regular check-ups with an optician can help to diagnose the issue and they will be able to talk you through your options for living with the condition. Dry AMD can also progress to become wet AMD.

Wet AMD is less common but much more progressive than its dry counterpart. Wet AMD can be treated but requires urgent referral to a hospital eye department, as lost vision can't be recovered. Regular check-ups with an optician are vital to catch the condition as early as possible.

A stylish solution

From Sherlock to Poirot to Broadchurch, detectives have never been more popular. However, while many of us would like to draw on their sleuthing skills at times, they are not exactly icons when it comes to stylish accessories; carrying around a magnifying glass is definitely best left to the professionals (even the fictional ones!)

What happens though when carrying such equipment around isn’t a questionable style choice but a necessity to perform even the most basic day-to-day tasks?

Thousands of sufferers of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) rely on magnification for reading, writing and shopping, and are therefore left with little choice but to rely on clunky spy glasses or worse.

Happily, here at IntelliSight, we’ve worked hard to find the solution; a subtle and discreet magnifier that is less Sherlock and more…smartphone!

Our Eschenbach SmartLux Portable Digital Magnifier offers variable levels of magnification, takes photos to allow users to zoom in and see more detail and offers increased contrast options between black, white and yellow. These three colours aren’t chosen at random; many AMD sufferers report that yellow background or text is easier to see than just plain black and white.

Keen to learn more? Book an appointment today with our friendly and professional team!

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